French: Piquebaie à longue queue German: Gelbbüschel-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas colilargo
Other common names: Lemon-breasted Berrypecker
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. longicauda
Salvadori, 1876 – NW New Guinea (Vogelkop and Wandammen Mts).
M. l. chloris
Stresemann & Paludan, 1934 – WC & SW New Guinea.
M. l. umbrosa
Rand, 1941 – NC New Guinea around Idenburg R.
M. l. captata
Mayr, 1931 – mountains of C & NE New Guinea, including Huon Peninsula.
M. l. orientalis
Mayr, 1931 – mountains of SE New Guinea.
Populations of Fakfak Mts and Kumawa Mts of race unknown#R.
12·5 cm. Small berrypecker with medium-length tail. Male nominate race is black above, glossed blue-green on crown and mantle; outer web of outer tail feathers... read more
A rapidly repeated buzzy “jjeteleet jjeteleet jjeteleet” or “weetcha weetcha t... read more
Forest and secondary growth in mountains; has a liking for dense shrubs and thickets, particularly... read more
Food and feeding
Small berries, also spiders (Araneae), and likely to take insects. Diet and behaviour similar to those of congeners. Inconspicuous and... read more
Poorly known. Nesting recorded in Jan and female in breeding condition in Sept. One nest known, large for size of bird, a quite neat cup... read more
Presumed to be resident; some altitudinal dispersal possible, as wandering immature male recorded... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Quite common in some areas, uncommon in others, and seemingly absent from quite large areas. A patchily distributed species, inconspicuous and easily... read more
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