French: Capucin de Nouvelle-Bretagne German: Dickkopfnonne Spanish: Capuchino de Nueva Bretaña
Other common names:
P. L. Sclater
Kabbakadai, New Britain
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. melaena
(P. L. Sclater, 1880) – New Britain Mannikin – New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.
L. m. bukaensis
Restall, 1995 – Buka Mannikin – Buka I (N of Bougainville I); perhaps this race in New Ireland.
11 cm. Nominate race has head to breast black, blackish-brown on mantle, back and wing, with rusty tinge, especially on outer fringes of remiges, rump and uppertail-coverts... read more
Call short and high-pitched; no information on song.
Grassland, swamps, airstrips, gardens, open broken forest; lowlands to 1200 m on New Britain.
Food and feeding
Seeds, seeding heads of sugar cane; along beaches takes chalky bits. Often in small flocks.
Active nests in Dec and Jan on Buka. Nest covered, with side entrance, made from dried grass, lined with finer grass fibres and flowers;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA and Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common to locally common in New Britain; not seen... read more
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