French: Siffleur châtain German: Walddickkopf Spanish: Picanzo chico
Quoy and Gaimard
Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. affinis
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Waigeo Shrike-thrush – N West Papuan Is (Waigeo).
C. m. batantae
(Meise, 1929) – Batanta I.
C. m. misoliensis
(Meise, 1929) – Misool I.
C. m. megarhyncha
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Rufous Shrike-thrush – Salawati I and W New Guinea from Vogelkop to Wandammen district, foot of Nassau Mts and Oranje Range.
C. m. ferruginea
(E. J. O. Hartert & Paludan, 1936) – foot of Weyland Mts at head of Geelvink Bay.
C. m. aruensis
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – Aru Is.
C. m. melanorhyncha
(A. B. Meyer, 1874) – Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
C. m. obscura
(A. B. Meyer, 1874) – Brown Shrike-thrush – Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay).
C. m. hybridus
(Meise, 1929) – N New Guinea from Mamberamo R E to Humboldt Bay.
C. m. idenburgi
(Rand, 1940) – slopes S of Idenburg R (WC New Guinea).
C. m. maeandrina
(Stresemann, 1921) – Victor Emanuel Shrike-thrush – EC New Guinea (upper Sepik R, Victor Emanuel Mts).
C. m. tappenbecki
Reichenow, 1899 – Astrolabe Shrike-thrush – NE New Guinea from lower and middle Sepik R and Central Highlands E to Astrolabe Bay.
C. m. madaraszi
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – Huon Peninsula (NE New Guinea).
C. m. goodsoni
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – Merauke Shrike-thrush – S New Guinea (Merauke district).
C. m. palmeri
(Rand, 1938) – Fly R Basin (S between Oriomo R and Morehead R), in S New Guinea.
C. m. neos
(Mayr, 1931) – E New Guinea (Herzog Mts, upper Watut R and S coast of Huon Gulf).
C. m. superflua
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1912) – N coast of SE New Guinea (Aicora R E to Collingwood Bay).
C. m. despecta
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – Gulf Shrike-thrush – S coast of SE New Guinea (Hall Sound/Angabunga R E to Milne Bay).
C. m. trobriandi
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – Trobriand Is, off SE New Guinea.
C. m. fortis
(Gadow, 1883) – Archipelago Shrike-thrush – D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I, Fergusson I, Normanby I).
C. m. discolor
De Vis, 1890 – Louisiade Archipelago (Tagula I).
C. m. parvula
Gould, 1845 – Little Shrike-thrush – NE Western Australia and N Northern Territory (E to E Arnhem Land).
C. m. aelptes
Schodde & Mason, 1976 – NE Northern Territory (around mouth of McArthur R).
C. m. normani
(Mathews, 1914) – N Australia on coastal Gulf of Carpentaria and N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula), and islands in Torres Strait.
C. m. griseata
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – NE Queensland.
C. m. synaptica
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – E Queensland coast (S Halifax Bay S to Sarina).
C. m. gouldii
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – E Queensland coast (Broad Bay S to Hervey Bay).
C. m. rufogaster
Gould, 1845 – Australian Shrike-thrush – SE Queensland and NE New South Wales.
16·5–19 cm; 33–41 g. Nominate race is ferruginous above, crown duller, lores and indistinct supercilium dull rufous, uppertail-coverts dull rufous-brown,... read more
In New Guinea, song 3–6 (sometimes up to 12) melodious whistled notes, with many variations,... read more
In New Guinea, inhabits rainforest, monsoon forest, ecologically disturbed habitats, tall secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, mainly insects, but including also spiders (Araneae), snails (Gastropoda), small crabs; occasionally seeds and fruit; rarely... read more
In New Guinea, nests with eggs in Mar, early and late May, Jun, mid-Sept and Oct–Dec, with eggs and young in Sept and with nestlings... read more
Sedentary in New Guinea; marked individuals repeatedly recaptured at place of banding 8 years later... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in New Guinea; in lowland rainforest near R Brown (in SE New Guinea) estimated 40 birds/10 ha; comprises c. 3–5% of avifauna... read more
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