Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Dimorphic Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa geislerorum)


French: Ptilorrhoa des Geisler German: Braunnackenflöter Spanish: Zordala de los Geisler

Eupetes geislerorum

A. B. Meyer

, 1892,

Butaueng, north-east New Guinea


Conventionally considered conspecific with P. caerulescens, but the two are separated altitudinally in N New Guinea (inland from Madang); they also differ in behaviour, vocalizations and female plumage. Monotypic.


NE New Guinea in Adelbert Mts and Huon Gulf E to Collingwood Bay.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm. Male has crown dull greyish-brown with bluish tinge, browner on nape, rest of upperparts rich blue; lores black, broad black band through and below orbit to... read more


Song a long series of whistled bell-like notes, starting short and faint, becoming longer, louder... read more


Forest in lowlands and hills, mainly to 700–800 m; to at least 1220 m in Adelbert Mts, where... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other small animals, including frogs. Terrestrial forager; walks along on ground while tossing leaves aside.


Territorial. No data on nest and clutch size; eggs clay-yellow to reddish-grey with smudged yellowish-grey and grey-brownish spots, and... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, but quite shy; heard far more often than seen.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Dimorphic Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa geislerorum). 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 on 27 May 2019).