Family Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Least Concern

Green-backed Robin (Pachycephalopsis hattamensis)


Taxonomy

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

Pachycephala hattamensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

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

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59307 on 24 February 2020).