Family Ploughbill (Eulacestomatidae)

Least Concern

Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma nigropectus)


Taxonomy

French: Écorceur caronculé German: Lappenpflugschnabel Spanish: Silbador picoarado
Taxonomy:

Eulacestoma nigropectus

De Vis

, 1894,

Mount Maneao, south-east New Guinea

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59328 on 22 October 2018).