Family Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers (Cinclosomatidae)

Least Concern

Spotted Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa leucosticta)


French: Ptilorrhoa tacheté German: Bergwaldflöter Spanish: Zordala moteada

Eupetes leucostictus

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. leucosticta (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – mountains of Vogelkop, in NW New Guinea.
  • P. l. mayri (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – Wandammen Mts, S of Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • P. l. centralis (Mayr, 1936) – Weyland Mts, Nassau Range and Oranje Range, E possibly to Star Mts (WC New Guinea).
  • P. l. sibilans (Mayr, 1931) – Cyclops Mts and (perhaps this race) Foja Mts, on N coast of New Guinea.
  • P. l. menawa (Diamond, 1969) – Bewani Mts (Mt Menawa), in C North Coastal Range of New Guinea.
  • P. l. amabilis (Mayr, 1931) – Saruwaged Mts, in Huon Peninsula (NE New Guinea).
  • P. l. loriae (Salvadori, 1896) – Mt Hagen and Schraderberg E through mountains of SE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 49–51 g. Nominate race has crown and nape dark chestnut, lores and chin black; narrow black stripe down centre of throat, broadening on upper breast into... read more


    Song a level series of 7–30 short, low, bell-like whistles. Alarm call a squeaky rasping and... read more


    Mountain forest at c. 1200–2700 m; overlaps with P. castanonota at 1200–1450 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects and other small invertebrates, also small frogs; occasionally small fruit. Terrestrial; forages by turning over leaves while... read more


    Nests with eggs in late Sept and mid-Oct and nestlings in mid-Aug and early Oct, indicating breeding during latter half of dry season, at... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not uncommon, but infrequently seen.

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Spotted Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa leucosticta). 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 20 May 2019).