Family Painted Berrypeckers (Paramythiidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia montium)


French: Paramythie huppée German: Ost-Schopfbeerenfresser Spanish: Picabayas crestado oriental

Paramythia montium

De Vis

, 1892,

Mount Suckling, south-eastern New Guinea


Until recently treated as conspecific with P. olivacea (which see). Race brevicauda supposedly shorter-tailed, but overlap with nominate apparent and species sometimes treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Coates, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Eastern Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia montium). 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 22 May 2019).