French: Mérion de Wallace German: Rostnacken-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro de Wallace
G. R. Gray, 1862,
Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. w. wallacii
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Misool, Yapen, Vogelkop and N coast of New Guinea.
S. w. coronatus
(Gould, 1878) – Aru Is and S New Guinea.
c. 11–12·5 cm; 7–8 g. Male nominate race has crown and nape black with light blue feather tips; black face, white incomplete eyering, white lanceolate ear-... read more
Little known; sibilant “see see see see” contact calls emitted by foraging parties.
Rainforest at 100–800 m, occasionally higher, to c. 1250 m; more in trees than in undergrowth. read more
Food and feeding
Presumed largely insectivorous. Forages mainly 2–10 m above ground in tangles of climbers at edge of openings in forest, particularly... read more
Throughout year, with peak in Sept–Dec. Three known nests, two of which were attended each by three adults. Nest domed, with hooded... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in foothill rainforest. Large-scale clearing of forest represents a potential threat.
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