French: Paramythie huppée German: Ost-Schopfbeerenfresser Spanish: Picabayas crestado oriental
Mount Suckling, south-eastern New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. montium
De Vis, 1892 – mountains of C, E & SE New Guinea (E from Star Mts).
P. m. brevicauda
Mayr & Gilliard, 1954 – mountains of Huon Peninsula, in NE New Guinea.
19–22 cm; 38–49 g. Highly distinctive passerine; feathers of crown elongated, forming flattened, erectile crest. Nominate race has forehead, forecrown, crest,... read more
Usual call in E of range a short low scratchy note, like sound made by dry leaves and twigs... read more
Mossy montane forest, forest edge and alpine thickets; from c. 2150 m, mainly above 2450 m, up to... read more
Food and feeding
Food almost entirely small fruits of a variety of trees and shrubs; also fruits of umbrella trees (Schefflera), immature seed... read more
Season Feb in S highlands, but quite possibly breeds year-round. Nest cup-shaped, bulky, deep, loose and untidy, external diameter 135 mm,... read more
Resident; perhaps locally nomadic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common, especially at higher elevations. Despite suffering some loss of habitat, the species is usually considered not to... read more
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