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Alternative names: Slaty Robin; Slaty Robin-flycatcher, Slaty Thicket-flycatcher; Blue Flycatcher-robin

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Arfak Mountains, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2014
Peneothello cyanus


14-15 cm.

  • Blue-grey head and body
  • Darker face, slightly paler underparts
  • Blackish wing and tail
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill and legs
  • atricapilla is darker than nominate with dark crown
  • subcyanea has a paler crown

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a slate plumage with buff shaft streaks and large rusty-brown tips.


Endemic to the mountains of New Guinea.
Locally fairly common to common, scarce in other parts of its range.



There are 3 subspecies:

  • P. c. cyanus:
  • P. c. atricapilla:
  • Mountains of north-eastern and central New Guinea
  • P. c. subcyanea:
  • Central highlands and mountains of south-eastern New Guinea and Huon Peninsula


Forest and secondary growth from 900 to 2750 m, most common at 1500 to 2500m.
Where co-occurs with Smoky Robin found lower than the latter.



Feeds on insects.
Forages in lower levels of the forest and on the ground.


Breeding recorded from September to April, varies in range. The nest is a deep, bulky cup made of fine rootlets, green moss and fern fronds. It's placed up to 6 m above the ground in a fork of a sapling or a low bush. Lays 1 egg.


Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  3. Avibase

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