French: Grand Capucin German: Dickschnabelnonne Spanish: Capuchino grande
Other common names:
Taburi, Astrolabe Mountains, south-eastern New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
L. g. heurni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1932 – Mamberamo R basin, in NW New Guinea.
L. g. destructa
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – NC New Guinea in region of Humboldt Bay.
L. g. ernesti
(Stresemann, 1921) – NE New Guinea from Sepik R E to Astrolabe Bay.
L. g. grandis
(Sharpe, 1882) – SE New Guinea.
12 cm; 11·5-14·3 g. Male nominate race is black from head and uppermost mantle to belly and undertail-coverts; upperparts, wing, tail and flanks rufous-brown, tail feathers... read more
Soft call a tinkling of high-pitched notes; loud contact call of male "quip", of female... read more
Flooded grassland, open grassland, cane-brakes and grassy swamps, grassland along lowland rivers,... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, seeds of wild sugar cane (Saccharum robustum), and of sedges (Cyperaceae); some seeds small, and others, e.g. those... read more
Records centred on wet season: occupied nests and newly fledged young in Nov, Jan, Mar and Jun. Solitary, also in small colonies of up to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Little information. Uncommon to locally common. Trapped in comparatively small numbers for cagebird trade.
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