French: Toxoramphe à ventre gris German: Gnomenpfriemschnabel Spanish: Picudo pechigrís
Other common names:
Meos Num and Yapen Island, Geelvink Bay, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
O. i. cinerascens
(Stresemann & Paludan, 1932) – Waigeo, in N West Papuan Is.
O. i. iliolophus
(Salvadori, 1876) – mountains of Vogelkop, islands in Geelvink Bay (Mios Num, Yapen), and mainland New Guinea from Geelvink Bay E, including Weyland Mts, Victor Emanuel Mts and Sepik Mts, to Huon Peninsula and S & SE lowlands.
O. i. fergussonis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby), off SE New Guinea.
11 cm. Very small, very drab-looking passerine with long decurved bill. Nominate race is dark olive-green above, olive-grey below, washed with yellow on flanks; iris dark... read more
A scolding, anxious-sounding "twik twik" series; also, typically, a dry, sharp "... read more
Rainforest and, locally, monsoon forest, in lowlands and hills; found also at forest edge and in... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects, nectar and sometimes fruit. Forages in lower levels of vegetation, also at flowering trees and shrubs. Very active, and... read more
Poorly known. Noted as breeding at Brown R, near Port Moresby, in Aug–Sept dry season and as being in breeding condition in Oct. One... read more
Resident; in study at Brown R, individuals frequently retrapped at site of ringing.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common within its widely distributed habitat, and often one of the most abundant birds of lowland forest and hill forest, but seemingly... read more
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