Family Painted Berrypeckers (Paramythiidae)

Least Concern

Western Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia olivacea)


French: Paramythie de van Oort German: West-Schopfbeerenfresser Spanish: Picabayas crestado occidental

Paramythia montium olivaceum

van Oort

, 1910,

Oranje Mountains, 3500 m, central New Guinea


Until recently#R treated as conspecific with P. montium, but differs in its black vs white nape (2); olive vs moss-green back, wing-coverts and outer edges of remiges (2); stronger yellow undertail-coverts and lack of yellow on flanks (2); slightly deeper shade on all blue feathering (ns[1]); and longer, broader black crest (effect size for males 2.97, score 2). Variation is clinal#R; proposed races include alpina (large-bodied higher-elevation populations) and occidentis (smaller-bodied lower-elevation populations of Hellwig Mts)#R. Monotypic.


W & WC New Guinea (Weyland Mts and Snow Mts).

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 45–61 g. Highly distinctive passerine; elongated crown feathers forming flattened, erectile crest. Top of head down to bib on upper breast black, with contrasting... read more


Poorly known; species seems rather quiet.


Montane forest and alpine thickets at 2000–4100 m, mostly above 2500 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds almost wholly on small fruits of various trees and shrubs, but in comparison to formerly conspecific P. montium published... read more


Season Aug–Sept (Snow Mts), but probably much more prolonged. Nest cup-shaped, bulky, deep, loose and untidy (140–160 mm across by 50–90 mm... read more


Resident, possibly with some local movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Central Papuan mountains EBA. Appears to be reasonably common within its range.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Western Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia olivacea). 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 20 January 2019).