French: Grand Langrayen German: Riesenschwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo grande
A. B. Meyer, 1874,
Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Mountain ranges of New Guinea, from 800 m to 2800 m.
20–21 cm; 52–69 g. Has head and throat to upper breast and upperparts (except rump) and tail dark slate-grey; rump uppertail-coverts and underparts white;... read more
Chattering "kakakaka..." given by perched groups; also an upslurred "chirp... read more
Mainly clearings and garden areas with dead trees, above 800 m; occasionally in tall emergents... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, often quite large ones. Prey usually taken in flight and brought back to a perch, where held in the feet for dismembering.... read more
Breeding recorded in Aug–Dec (from middle of dry season to early wet season). Nest an open cup, usually more than 15 m up in dead... read more
Resident, so far as is known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed throughout all mountain ranges of New Guinea, where fairly common to scarce. In some places seems to be commensal with humans in... read more
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