French: Piquebaie éventail German: Fächerschwanz-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas abanico
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. versteri
(Finsch, 1876) – mountains of Vogelkop, in NW New Guinea.
M. v. meeki
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1911) – mountains of WC & C New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Hindenburg Range, including Foja Mts.
M. v. virago
(Stresemann, 1923) – mountains of N, EC & NE New Guinea, including Cyclops Mts, Torricelli Range, and Sepik Mts E to Huon Peninsula.
M. v. maculiceps
(De Vis, 1898) – mountains of SE New Guinea, including Herzog Mts.
14–15 cm; male 12–15 g, female 16–20 g. Relatively large berrypecker with long graduated tail, the largest and longest-tailed of the genus, with distinct... read more
Harsh, rasping “schwet dee-dee-dee-dee”, scratchy querulous “dee dee dee”,... read more
Forest and dense secondary growth in mountains; visits fruiting trees in native gardens adjacent to... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on small berries and arthropods. Frequents lower levels, shrubbery and forest edge, ascending to canopy at times when fruit is... read more
Poorly known for so common a species. Nesting recorded in Jul and Nov, and young seen in Aug. Nest a smooth, neat, deep, thick-walled cup,... read more
Resident; no movements or wandering known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to quite common, and widespread over much of its range. Occupies a reasonably wide range on main island of New Guinea.
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