Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Vulnerable

Fly River Grassbird (Poodytes albolimbatus)


Taxonomy

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

Poodytes albo-limbatus

D’Albertis and Salvadori

, 1879,

Lake Daviumbu, Fly River, New Guinea

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Previously placed in Megalurus. Affinities uncertain. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58711 on 18 February 2019).