Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Rusty Thicketbird (Megalurulus rubiginosus)


French: Mégalure rubigineuse German: Maronenbuschsänger Spanish: Yerbera herrumbrosa

Ortygocichla rubiginosa

P. L. Sclater

, 1881,

New Britain


Formerly placed in Ortygocichla. Monotypic.


Lowlands of New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

18–19·5 cm; c. 26–30 g. A relatively long-tailed, medium-sized warbler. Has bright rufous side of head, including lores and supercilium; crown and entire... read more


Song described as a very sweet pure phrase of 5 notes, second note two tones above first, third a... read more


Undergrowth of both primary forest and secondary forest; occurs also in overgrown gardens and dense... read more

Food and feeding

No specific information on diet, other than insects and small snails. Typically found in pairs or family parties. As shy and skulking as... read more


Poorly studied. Eggs taken in Nov, Dec and Jan, suggesting breeding during rainy season. Nest described as “a free-standing leaf nest... read more


Resident, so far as is known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Status difficult to assess owing to its extremely skulking habits. Seems to be... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Rusty Thicketbird (Megalurulus rubiginosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 April 2019).