Family Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Berrypecker (Rhamphocharis piperata)


French: Piquebaie de De Vis German: Langschnabel-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas moteado

Ptilotis piperata

De Vis

, 1898,

Suku, Vanapa Valley, south-eastern New Guinea


Until recently considered conspecific with R. crassirostris, but differs in blackish underparts with whitish spots vs whitish underparts with blackish streaks in female (3); strikingly longer bill (allow 3), and with horn-coloured base vs all blackish (1); larger size (irrespective of bill length at least 1)#R. Proposed race viridescens (Dawong, in Herzog Mts) appears undiagnosable. Monotypic.

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EC to SE New Guinea, including Huon Peninsula (Herzog Mts; possibly also Kuper Range).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Distinctive berrypecker with very long, stout, drooping bill and a narrow squared-off tail; striking sexual plumage dimorphism. Male is olive-green with oily... read more


Rapid repetition of single downslurred “seeu” note, somewhat insect-like in quality. Also, an... read more


Montane forest and forest edge, also nearby second growth and gardens, from 850 m to 2700 m, mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Takes berries and small fruits, such as figs (Ficus), and gleans arthropods from foliage and epiphytes; behaviour... read more


Juvenile in Sept in EC New Guinea. No other information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). A generally solitary species living at low density in forest habitat and therefore seldom reported, this berrypecker is nevertheless... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Spotted Berrypecker (Rhamphocharis piperata). 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 19 February 2019).