French: Échenilleur mélanure German: Stahlraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero negro
Other common names:
New Guinea Cuckooshrike,
Dorey, north-west New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
E. m. waigeuense
Stresemann & Paludan, 1932 – Waigeo I, off NW New Guinea.
E. m. batantae
Gyldenstolpe & Mayr, 1955 – Batanta I (West Papuan Is).
E. m. melas
(Lesson, 1828) – Salawati I (West Papuan Is) and N & W New Guinea (E to Astrolabe Bay and, in S, to Eilanden R).
E. m. tommasonis
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – Yapen I, in Geelvink Bay.
E. m. meeki
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – E New Guinea (E from Huon Gulf and Fly R).
E. m. goodsoni
Mathews, 1928 – Aru Is.
23 cm; 56–63 g. Male nominate race is entirely black with purplish gloss; iris dark brown; bill and legs black. Female is bright rufous-brown, darker on upperparts,... read more
A loud, slow series of liquid, downslurred whistling notes, “deer” or “tieeuw... read more
Rainforest and monsoon forest; locally also gallery and mangrove forests; normally in forest... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on adult and larval insects, including lepidopteran larvae; also takes fruit. Usually in pairs or in parties of up to ten... read more
Nest-building in Nov. One nest was built by both adults, described as typical of genus, placed 27 m up and near outer foliage on sturdy... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread on mainland, where common in lowlands but uncommon to rare at higher elevations; no information on status of island populations. Density... read more
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