Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris)


French: Jardinier vert German: Grünlaubenvogel Spanish: Maullador verde

Lanius crassirostris


, 1815,

“Nova Hollandia” = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Sometimes considered conspecific with A. melanotis, but differs in its dull greenish vs blackish submoustachial area, chin and ear-coverts (3); dark-grey-edged green vs bold black-and-pale (tan, grey) scalloping on crown (3); pale greyish vs strong whitish postocular and circumauricular feathering (2); smaller pale centres of feathers of underparts (ns[2]). Considerably larger than closest neighbour A. melanotis maculosus, but New Guinea birds roughly similar in size. Recent genetic and morphological study#R strongly supports treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


Coastal E Australia from SE Queensland (Dawes Range area) S to SE New South Wales (to area due E of about Canberra).

Descriptive notes

31 cm; male 167–289 g, female 169–211 g. Plumage above is mostly green, blackish feather tipping giving variably smudged finely spotted appearance to crown, ear-... read more


Territorial song of pair variable cat-like wailings; also sneeze-like sounds; partners maintain... read more


Subtropical rainforest and associated edges, eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland,... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits, especially figs (Ficus), some flowers, leaves, succulent stems; animals, mostly arthropods, but also tree-frogs and... read more


Breeds mid-Sept to Feb/Mar, peak Oct–Dec, duration of season c. 4 months. Monogamous pair within all-purpose territory; nesting... read more


Resident. Longest distance travelled by marked individual 9 km.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Eastern Australia EBA. Fairly common and widespread throughout range where extensive habitat remains; rare or... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris). 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 20 February 2020).