French: Ptilorrhoa bleu German: Blauflöter Spanish: Zordala azul
Lobo, lat. 3°45’ S, long. 134°05’ E, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. caerulescens
(Temminck, 1836) – West Papuan Is (Salawati, Misool) and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop E to Wanggar R and Etna Bay).
P. c. neumanni
(Mayr & Meyer de Schauensee, 1939) – N New Guinea from Mamberamo R E to Astrolabe Bay and Huon Peninsula#R.
P. c. nigricrissus
(Salvadori, 1876) – S New Guinea from Wanggar R and Etna Bay E to Milne Bay.
22 cm; 49–61 g. Male nominate race has entire body blue, except for white chin to upper breast bordered by black band from lores and broadly through and below orbit to... read more
Song an extended series of strong whistles, descending or on even pitch, may end with loud, sharp... read more
Rainforest, monsoon forest, adjacent tall secondary growth and gallery forest; prefers damper... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages on ground; uses bill to turn leaves, and probes in crevices. Flicks wings while feeding, probably to flush insects.
Nests with eggs in mid-Sept and late Dec and fledglings in mid-Oct and mid-Nov, indicating breeding from middle of dry season to early wet... read more
Sedentary. Ringed individuals repeatedly recaptured at same site over several years.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. Population density near R Brown (SE New Guinea) estimated at 18 birds/10 ha.
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