French: Échenilleur à gros bec German: Dickschnabel-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero picogrueso
G. R. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. strenua
(Schlegel, 1871) – W & C New Guinea (E to Wahgi Valley), including Yapen I.
C. c. caeruleogrisea
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – SC New Guinea and Aru Is.
C. c. adamsoni
Mayr & Rand, 1936 – E New Guinea.
33–37 cm; male 127–170g, female 116–142 g. Male nominate race is blue-grey above, including upperwing-coverts and tertials, brighter blue on head; chin, and... read more
Slightly musical but harsh “shhhyyun-eshhhyuway”; also short chirp, soft mewing slur, soft rasp and... read more
Inhabits forest, forest edges, tall secondary growth and disturbed habitats. In New Guinea, mainly... read more
Food and feeding
Eats large insects, including weevils (Curculionidae) and other beetles (Coleoptera), also cockroaches (Blattodea) and lepidopteran larvae... read more
Nestling in Nov and fledglings seen in Jan and Apr, indicating breeding late in dry season and early and late in wet season. No other... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed; generally uncommon, but locally fairly common. Appears tolerant of disturbed habitats.
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