French: Grive de Heine German: Heineerddrossel Spanish: Zorzal de Heine
#R, Japan; error = Queensland, north Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. h. eichhorni
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1924) – Mussau Thrush – Mussau, in St Matthias Group (Bismarck Archipelago).
Z. h. papuensis
(Seebohm, 1881) – WC to SE New Guinea.
Z. h. choiseuli
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1924) – Choiseul, in Solomon Is.
Z. h. heinei
(Cabanis, 1851) – Russet-tailed Thrush – E (possibly also NE) Queensland and NE New South Wales, in E Australia.
23–27 cm; 85–115 g. Dark olive-brown above, heavily scaled black, with two pale brown wingbars; throat whitish, malar stripe pale tawny-pink; upper breast pale... read more
Song in Australia (apparently) a series of prolonged descending double whistles, “wheeer-dooo”, or... read more
Primary foothill and hill rainforest and wet eucalypt with closed canopy and deep leaf litter,... read more
Food and feeding
Worms and molluscs; also some fruit. Forages on ground in forest; comes to edges and on to tracks in early hours of day. In New Guinea,... read more
Aug–Jan. Nest a large cup made from bark strips, dry grasses and leaves, covered with moss, lined with fine roots, placed up to 15 m... read more
Local seasonal and altitudinal movements in Australia.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare (certainly only rarely encountered) in New Guinea; moderately common in Australia. Locally fairly common on Mussau (race eichhorni).... read more
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