Family Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Berrypecker (Melanocharis striativentris)


French: Piquebaie strié German: Streifenbeerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas estriado

Melanocharis striativentris


, 1894,

Moroka, Owen Stanley Range, south-east New Guinea


Racial differences minor, involving coloration and tail pattern#R; chrysocome sometimes included in nominate#R. Proposed races prasina and albicauda (N slopes of SE New Guinea) are synonymous with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. axillaris (Mayr, 1931) – W & WC New Guinea (Weyland Mts and Snow Mts).
  • M. s. striativentris Salvadori, 1894 – mountains of EC & SE New Guinea.
  • M. s. chrysocome (Mayr, 1931) – mountains of Huon Peninsula, in NE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·7–14 cm. Medium-sized dull-coloured berrypecker lacking distinct male plumage. Male nominate race is olive-green above, outer rectrices with well-concealed... read more


    Little known. A scratchy “schree schree schree”, supposedly harsher than similar sounds... read more


    Forest, forest edge and secondary growth in mountains, from c. 1150 m to 2300 m, rarely as low as... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data. Known to take small berries. Frequents shrubs and middle levels of habitat. Quite a secretive species, easily overlooked or... read more


    Poorly known. Nests have been found in Dec in SE New Guinea. Nest a cup-shaped structure, similar to that of M. nigra but larger... read more


    Poorly understood. Has been suggested as being locally nomadic, as it seems to be absent from some... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Mostly uncommon to rare; described as common to abundant in a few areas. Has wide, albeit patchy, distribution, and seemingly absent from many areas... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). Streaked Berrypecker (Melanocharis striativentris). 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 25 March 2019).