French: Toxoramphe pygmée German: Zwergpfriemschnabel Spanish: Picudo pigmeo
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
O. p. pygmaeum
Salvadori, 1876 – Pygmy Longbill – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Misool) and mainland New Guinea.
O. p. meeki
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – Grey-headed Longbill – D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I, Fergusson I, Normanby I), off SE New Guinea.
7·3 cm; 5 g. Tiny, very short-tailed, canopy-dwelling passerine, the smallest of New Guinea birds; resembles a crombec (Sylvietta), but with decurved shortish... read more
Usual call a continual fairly quiet clicking "chit chit chit" series, given by several individuals... read more
Rainforest, monsoon forest (in Trans-Fly region), forest edges and clearings, and gallery forest.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly known, but insects, spiders (Araneae) and nectar taken. Seems to forage mainly in canopy, where highly vocal and usually heard... read more
Female in breeding condition in Oct in Central Province of Papua New Guinea. No other information.
Appears to be resident; may move locally in response to flowering of trees.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common but unobtrusive; very vocal, and often located by its calls. Has very wide range in New Guinea, being present over much of mainland and... read more
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