French: Mérion à tête rousse German: Rotkopf-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro cabecirrojo
Tjobonda, Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. i. insignis
Sharpe, 1879 – Arfak Mts, in NW New Guinea (Vogelkop).
C. i. oorti
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – C cordillera and Huon Peninsula of New Guinea.
14–16 cm; 10–14 g. Nominate race has crown, face, ear coverts and nape orange-rufous, upperparts olive-brown, upperwing brown, tail light rufous; throat,... read more
Song a brief, high-pitched, chattering reel. Contact call sharp, sibilant chirps, similar to those... read more
Mountain forest, at 2000–3000 m.
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Observed in groups of 6–8 individuals, including more than two adults, usually in thick cover in subcanopy; gleans... read more
A nest in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea contained 2 eggs in late April; the nest, placed in a shrubby vine ... read more
Sedentary; groups appear to remain in same patch of habitat throughout year.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in suitable habitat along N & S sides of C mountain chain of New Guinea. Little threatened, since high-mountain forest is... read more
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