Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Near Threatened

Guadalcanal Thicketbird (Megalurulus turipavae)


French: Mégalure de Guadalcanal German: Guadalcanal-Buschsänger Spanish: Yerbera de Guadalcanal

Cichlornis whitneyi turipavae

Cain and I. C. J. Galbraith

, 1955,

Turipava, above 3500 feet [c. 1065 m], Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands


Until recently treated as conspecific with M. grosvenori, M. llaneae and M. whitneyi, but differs from M. llaneae in characters given under that species; from both M. grosvenori and M. whitneyi by its longer tail with notably elongate spine-tips (3); broad dark brown breast sides to lower flanks (2); darker, less rufous-tinged upperparts (1); and further from M. grosvenori by its much weaker facial mask (2); and sepia-tawny vs ochraceous-buff throat to breast (1); and from M. whitneyi by its slightly weaker mask (1). Monotypic.

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Guadalcanal (Turipava), in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; 36 g. A relatively long-tailed, medium-sized warbler, with rich buff-brown supercilium, dark olive- or sepia-brown upperparts, darkest on crown and blackish on... read more


Unknown; probably gives clear whistles like other Megalurulus in the region.


Occurs in upper montane forest, with both dense bamboo undergrowth and sparse understorey, at 1200–... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown. Observed alone. Keeps very much to ground under dense growth of ferns and other vegetation, often with slightly cocked and... read more


Nothing known; a male collected in mid Aug was not in breeding condition.


Resident, so far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA, where it is believed to be present in no more than 1000... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Guadalcanal Thicketbird (Megalurulus turipavae). 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 21 April 2019).