French: Martin-chasseur pailleté German: Aruliest Spanish: Cucaburra escamosa
G. R. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
D. t. tyro
G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is.
D. t. archboldi
(Rand, 1938) – SC New Guinea from Bian R and Habé I to Mai Kussa R.
33 cm; male 128–145 g, female 148–165 g. Male of nominate race has head, hindneck and mantle yellow-buff with black margins to feathers, back and scapulars black... read more
Pairs often duet. Series of loud, throaty “kurk” notes, similar to those of D.... read more
Well-wooded dry savanna, thickets of Dillenea alata at swamp margins, and mosaics of... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), ants and winged ants (Formicidae), and stick-insects (Phasmida). Forages from perch 1... read more
Females in breeding condition and about to lay collected in Mar; nests with young found in Mar. Nest excavated in hemispherical termitarium... read more
Presumed to be sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Trans-Fly EBA. Reported to be common in suitable habitat on the mainland; occurs in Wasur National Park, Irian... read more
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