Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Green-backed Robin (Pachycephalopsis hattamensis)


French: Miro à dos vert German: Grünrücken-Dickichtschnäpper Spanish: Petroica dorsiverde

Pachycephala hattamensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, 3550 feet [c. 1080 m], north-west New Guinea


Races show only minor differences in size and coloration; axillaris sometimes included in nominate#R. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. hattamensis (A. B. Meyer, 1874) – Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • P. h. ernesti E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – W New Guinea (Wandammen Mts).
  • P. h. insularis Diamond, 1985 – Yapen I, in Geelvink Bay.
  • P. h. axillaris Mayr, 1931 – WC New Guinea (Gauttier, Weyland, Nassau and Oranje Mts).
  • P. h. lecroyae Boles, 1989 – Mt Sisa, in Southern Highlands Province (E New Guinea).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 33–35 g. Nominate race has crown, hindneck and side of head to below eye grey, lores white, back olive-green, uppertail-coverts rusty brown; flight-feathers dark... read more


    Includes 3 progressively higher upslurred buzzy notes, usually followed by 2 higher notes at one... read more


    Hill forest and lower montane forest, mainly at 760–1650 m, locally to 2000 m. Where... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages in low substage and on ground, particularly in areas with abundant ferns and tall herbs.


    Uncompleted nest found: composed of moss, placed c. 0·5 m from ground and well hidden in bend of liana. No other information.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA, North Papuan Mountains EBA, Central Papuan Mountains EBA and Yapen Secondary Area.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2020). Green-backed Robin (Pachycephalopsis hattamensis). 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 24 February 2020).