Family Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae)

Least Concern

Thick-billed Berrypecker (Rhamphocharis crassirostris)


French: Piquebaie à grand bec German: Fleckenbeerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas piquigrueso

Rhamphocharis crassirostris


, 1876,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Until recently considered conspecific with R. piperata (see that species). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. c. crassirostris Salvadori, 1876 – NW & W New Guinea (Vogelkop and Snow Mts E to Oranje Range and Strickland Gorge; also, possibly this form, Foja Mts#R).
  • R. c. interposita Mees, 1964 – Mt Antares, in Star Mts; possibly present also in Hindenburg Range#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 18 g. Distinctive berrypecker with peculiar long, stout bill and a narrow squared-off tail; striking sexual plumage dimorphism. Male nominate race is olive-... read more


    Very little information. Reported vocalizations include a fast, sibilant, “sucked-in”,... read more


    Montane forest and forest edge, sometimes extending into nearby secondary growth and native gardens... read more

    Food and feeding

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


    No information available.


    Presumed to be resident; possibly some local wandering in association with fruiting or flowering of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Appears to be at best very uncommon, and is both seldom seen and poorly known. Occurs at low density. Considered unlikely to be at... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Thick-billed Berrypecker (Rhamphocharis crassirostris). 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).