French: Langrayen des Bismarck German: Schneerücken-Schwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo dorsiblanco
Other common names:
P. L. Sclater
New Britain and New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago.
18–19 cm; 49–54 g. Head, throat, wing and tail are sooty black, remainder of plumage white; iris brown, pale greyish-blue eyering; bill pale blue-grey, tip black... read more
A piercing upslurred, high "zwink zwink" the only call reported. Presumed song is a quiet... read more
Tropical moist lowland forest, including clearings and adjoining gardens; mainly in hills to 900 m... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Prey taken on the wing. Makes aerial sorties from perches in dead trees; soars more in manner of A. maximus than does... read more
Resident; reluctant to cross water, though has been recorded as vagrant to Watom (off NE New... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, but mostly either scarce or absent. Restricted to New Britain and New Ireland; absent from outlying islands in Bismarck Archipelago.... read more
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