French: Toxoramphe à tête grise German: Graukinn-Pfriemschnabel Spanish: Picudo cabecigrís
Other common names:
Astrolabe Mountains, south-east New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. maximus
Rand, 1941 – mountains of W & C New Guinea (N slope of Weyland Mts and Snow Mts).
T. p. poliopterus
(Sharpe, 1882) – mountains of E & SE New Guinea, including Central Highlands, Mt Bosavi, Adelbert Mts, and Saruwaged Mts (in Huon Peninsula).
12·5 cm; 14–15 g. A small passerine with a long, dark, strongly decurved bill and a dark head. Male nominate race has head and nape dark bluish-grey, upperparts... read more
Heard more often than seen; varied vocalizations, some of which reminiscent of a sunbird (... read more
Primary forest in hills and lower mountains, also secondary growth and edges of gardens in forest;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly known; feeds on arthropods and nectar. Tends to be shy and hard to see; responds to playback of taped song, but always very... read more
Breeding recorded in May, Jun, Aug and Oct in highlands and in Apr and Sept at Sogeri Plateau (near Port Moresby), suggesting a wide range... read more
Resident; no movements reported.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, but elusive; occupies large range in New Guinea, in widely distributed habitat, but absent from Vogelkop. Often common at... read more
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