French: Miro gris-bleu German: Schieferdickichtschnäpper Spanish: Petroica azulada
Other common names:
Myiolestes ? cyanus
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. cyanus
(Salvadori, 1874) – Vogelkop (Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
P. c. atricapilla
(E. J. O. Hartert & Paludan, 1934) – C & N New Guinea mountains E to Hindenburg Range, including Wandammen Mts, Foja Mts, Cyclops Mts and Bewani–Torricelli Mts.
P. c. subcyanea
(De Vis, 1897) – mountains of E & SE New Guinea, including Adelbert Mts and Huon Peninsula.
14–15 cm; 24–30 g. Nominate race has head and body blue-grey, side of face somewhat darker, underparts slighter paler; wing and tail blackish; iris dark brown;... read more
Song 12 musical whistles starting on same pitch, then progressively rising and accelerating. Calls... read more
Forest and adjoining secondary growth at c. 900–2750 m, mainly 1500–2500 m; upper level... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including ants (Hymenoptera), weevils and other small beetles (Coleoptera) and thyonnid wasps. Frequents substage and ground,... read more
Season on Mt Missim (SE of range) reported as Nov–Dec; elsewhere, nests with egg or young in late Sept, mid-Oct and late Dec to early... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to common in some regions of range; otherwise scarce or absent. In study at 1580–2100 m on Mt Karimui, in E New Guinea,... read more
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