French: Piquebaie obscur German: Arfakbeerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas oscuro
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
E half of New Guinea: Tabubil area (in Western Province), Keki (in Adelbert Mts), Boana (near Lae), and near Port Moresby at Efogi (on the Kokoda Trail) and Varirata. Also Arfak Mts (NW New Guinea), but no records subsequent to its original discovery there.
11·5 cm; 11·5 g. Very small, quite short-tailed arboreal berrypecker with distinctively pale stubby bill. Upperparts are dull brownish to olive-greenish, with... read more
Very rapid swizzling “swizzly swizzly swizzly swit” series, sometimes shortened, given... read more
Hill forest, forest edge and secondary growth, also native gardens adjacent to forest; from 640 m... read more
Food and feeding
Few data on diet. Known to take small berries; one specimen had arthropod remains in stomach. Seen singly or in presumed pairs. Strongly... read more
Probable juveniles seen in Jul and Oct, mutual chasing by presumed paired individuals in May–Aug, and family party of four at Efogi... read more
Resident, perhaps moving locally in response to fruiting of trees. Found in same sites around... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA and Central Papuan Mountains EBA. One of the least-known New Guinea... read more
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