Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Greater Ground-robin (Amalocichla sclateriana)


French: Grande Pseudobrève German: Nebelpittaschnäpper Spanish: Petroica terrestre grande

Amalocichla sclateriana

De Vis

, 1892,

Mount Owen Stanley, New Guinea


Geographical variation minor and clinal; species may be better treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. occidentalis Rand, 1940 – Oranje Mts, in C New Guinea.
  • A. s. sclateriana De Vis, 1892 – mountains of NE & SE New Guinea (Huon Peninsula#R, Mt Albert Edward, English Peaks, Mt Scratchley, Mt Kenevi, Mt Suckling).
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm. Nominate race has crown and upperparts dark olive-brown, side of head warm brown, loral area light grey, eyering pale buff; wing dark brown, remiges and wing-coverts... read more


    Little precise information available, but includes loud 3-note whistle, and sharp, scolding alarm... read more


    High mountain forest, at c. 2800–3720 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), also spiders (Araneae). Terrestrial; forages on forest floor.


    No information.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Locally fairly common, but elsewhere scarce or rare. Quite cryptic in behaviour,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Greater Ground-robin (Amalocichla sclateriana). 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 23 May 2019).