French: Mégalure à ventre blanc German: Weißrand-Schilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera del Fly
D’Albertis and Salvadori
Lake Daviumbu, Fly River, New Guinea
C region of Fly R (L Daviumbu, L Owa, L Pangua) and middle Bensbach R, in S New Guinea.
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
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