Family Painted Berrypeckers (Paramythiidae)

Least Concern

Tit Berrypecker (Oreocharis arfaki)


Taxonomy

French: Oréochare des Arfak German: Gelbbauch-Beerenfresser Spanish: Picabayas de las Arfak
Taxonomy:

Parus (?) Arfaki

A. B. Meyer

, 1875,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

.

Widespread individual variation; proposed race bloodi (Western Highlands) unwarranted. O. stictoptera is a junior synonym, coined simultaneously with genus name. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of New Guinea: Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts), Wandammen Mts, Foja Mts, Bewani Mts, Torricelli Mts, Central Ranges, and mountains of Huon Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 16·5–21·7 g. Male has large yellow area on side of head (encompassing cheek and ear-coverts); rest of head, side of lower neck, throat and... read more

Voice

Calls typically shrill and wheezy, and frequently uttered, including fine “tzee-tzee”... read more

Habitat

Montane forest, especially mossy forest; also visits disturbed and partly cleared habitat. Mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Diet as indicated by stomach contents entirely small fruits. Observed to probe a flower, and reported also as feeding on blossoms of a... read more

Breeding

Few data collected to date. In W part of range, two males with enlarged gonads in Oct and Feb; in E, males with enlarged gonads in Aug... read more

Movements

Resident; probably locally nomadic.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout range. No known threats, but some habitat loss in some parts of range.

Recommended citation

Coates, B. (2019). Tit Berrypecker (Oreocharis arfaki). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60110 on 26 March 2019).