French: Jardinier à joues blanches German: Weißohr-Laubenvogel Spanish: Maullador cariblanco
Lobo, Triton Bay, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. buccoides
(Temminck, 1836) – White-eared Catbird – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati), and NW New Guinea E to Siriwo R in N and, in S, to Triton Bay.
A. b. geislerorum
A. B. Meyer, 1891 – Tan-capped Catbird – Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and N New Guinea from Mamberamo R area E to Collingwood Bay area.
A. b. cinnamomeus
Mees, 1964 – S New Guinea from Mimika R E to upper Fly R and L Kutubu area.
A. b. stonii
Sharpe, 1876 – Ochre-breasted Catbird – SE New Guinea from upper Purari R (including Karimui, Bomai and Soliabeda areas, in Eastern Highlands) E along coast to Amazon Bay.
24·5 cm; male 110–172 g, female 100–152 g. Nominate race has variable mid-brown to olive-brown crown tinged greenish, ear-coverts, side of lower head and... read more
Territorial calls by pairs include cat-like nasal meowing, prolonged harsh churring, and low... read more
Forest, occasionally forest edge; mainly lowland and hill forest, but also monsoon forests in SE.... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and insects; also small adult birds, and doubtless nestlings. Nestling diet fruits and arthropods. Forages among foliage, mostly of... read more
Season variable across range, egg-laying recorded in Jan, Apr–Jun and Nov, nestlings in May–Jun; breeding bimodal at some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout most of range; uncommon in Ok Tedi mining area, in C New Guinea. Nine birds/10 ha of lowland rainforest at Brown R,... read more
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