French: Pitohui variable German: Ockerpirol Spanish: Pitohuí variable norteño
Lesson and Garnot
Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. k. decipiens
(Salvadori, 1878) – Onin Peninsula, in SW New Guinea.
P. k. kirhocephalus
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – NE coast of Vogelkop (S to Momi).
P. k. dohertyi
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – NW New Guinea (Wandammen district and adjacent islands).
P. k. rubiensis
(A. B. Meyer, 1884) – NW New Guinea (head of Geelvink Bay to Triton Bay and Etna Bay); also Adi I (off S coast of Bomberai Peninsula).
P. k. brunneivertex
Rothschild, 1931 – SE coast of Geelvink Bay (Siriwo to Wanggar R).
P. k. jobiensis
(A. B. Meyer, 1874) – islands in NE Geelvink Bay (Yapen I, Kurudu I).
P. k. meyeri
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – N coast of New Guinea from Mamberamo R E to Tami R.
P. k. senex
Stresemann, 1922 – upper Sepik Valley (N New Guinea).
P. k. brunneicaudus
(A. B. Meyer, 1891) – NE New Guinea from lower Sepik R E to upper Ramu R and N coast of Huon Peninsula.
20–25·5 cm; 74–85 g (nominate), 90·5–103 g (dohertyi), 68–80 g (meyeri). Nominate race has head grey, upperparts dark reddish brown; wings and tail fuscous... read more
Song loud, musical whistles mixed with scratchy notes in jumbled series, starting with shorter... read more
Forest edges, tall secondary growth, disturbed forest, primary rainforest, swamp-forest, gardens;... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and fruit. Ranges from understorey to canopy; often hides in dense vegetation. Joins mixed-species foraging flocks.
Birds in breeding condition collected in Mar, Apr and Oct. Nestling in late Jun or early Jul. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to very common in some areas, being generally commonest in lowland scrub; rare or absent in others. In places where very... read more
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