Family Bristlehead (Pityriasidae)

Near Threatened

Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala)


Taxonomy

French: Barite chauve German: Warzenkopf Spanish: Gimnocéfalo
Other common names: Bristlehead
Taxonomy:

Barita gymnocephala

Temminck

, 1836,

Borneo

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Borneo.

Descriptive notes

22–26 cm; 115–150 g. Heavy-bodied passerine with massive hooked bill and short tail, giving top-heavy appearance, and long powerful wings. Male has unfeathered... read more

Voice

Calls frequently, with variety of snorts and whistles. Unobtrusive nasal, whining contact call... read more

Habitat

Forest. Often said to favour peatswamp-forest, but is probably most commonly associated with... read more

Food and feeding

Major food items include katydids (Tettigoniidae), cicadas (Cicadoidea), stick-insects (Phasmida), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (... read more

Breeding

Few data. Season apparently May–Oct, perhaps depending on rainfall and food availability. Possibly a co-operative breeder, several... read more

Movements

No hard information. Foraging flocks wide-ranging, perhaps seasonally influenced.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Uncommon, and not often observed; population size and precise habitat requirements not known. Thought likely to... read more

Recommended citation

Sheldon, F. & Moyle, R. (2019). Bornean Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60614 on 18 January 2019).