Family Ploughbill (Eulacestomatidae)

Least Concern

Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma nigropectus)


French: Écorceur caronculé German: Lappenpflugschnabel Spanish: Silbador picoarado

Eulacestoma nigropectus

De Vis

, 1894,

Mount Maneao, south-east New Guinea


Proposed race clara, of C ranges (Weyland Mts E to Mt Hagen and Kubor Mts), not reliably separable from populations elsewhere. Monotypic.


C & E New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Owen Stanley Range in SE.

Descriptive notes

12·5–14 cm; 19–22 g. Distinctive, with deep bill laterally compressed, upper mandible hooked. Male has top of head and upperparts ochraceous olive, more... read more


Includes thin level whistle, series of c. 6 alternately rising and falling whistles, and repeated... read more


Forest and adjoining areas with dense regrowth, mainly at 1950–2850 m, locally down to 1250 m... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages from understorey to middle stage, to c. 10 m, particularly in thickets of climbing bamboo. Gleans prey from surfaces of... read more


Juveniles in May and late Jun and female in breeding condition in Jul, indicative of breeding during both wet and dry seasons. Incubation... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Rare to uncommon in most of range; locally fairly common in SE.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma nigropectus). 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 21 May 2019).