Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)


Fly River Grassbird (Poodytes albolimbatus)


French: Mégalure à ventre blanc German: Weißrand-Schilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera del Fly

Poodytes albo-limbatus

D’Albertis and Salvadori

, 1879,

Lake Daviumbu, Fly River, New Guinea


Previously placed in Megalurus. Affinities uncertain. Monotypic.


C region of Fly R (L Daviumbu, L Owa, L Pangua) and middle Bensbach R, in S New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; c. 14 g. A colourful little grassbird with bright reddish crown and rump. Has lores and supercilium buffish-white, ear-coverts grey-buff; crown and upperparts... read more


Has distinctive quiet, rising, repeated, whistled “zeee”. Also described are “a sweet chirping song... read more


Lowland swamps. Favours a combination of reeds (Phragmites) and floating mats of ... read more

Food and feeding

No information on food items; most likely tiny invertebrates. Keeps well hidden, low down in reeds, close to waterline, where slips neatly... read more


Poorly known. Breeds during May–Nov dry season, when water levels most stable. Nest a ball of interwoven dry grasses, entrance hole... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Trans-Fly EBA. Very local in deep-water swamps in S New Guinea, where unlikely to be seen unless searched for by boat.... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Fly River Grassbird (Poodytes albolimbatus). 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 25 April 2019).