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Clytoceyx rex


33cm. Heavy, short and broad bill. Dark head with rufous stripe behind eye, white throat, brown iris, rufous neck collar, brown bill with paler mandible, pink brown feet and rufous underparts. Both sexes are similar. The male has a dark bluish tail while female's rufous. The young has an adult-like plumage with scale-patterned feathers.


New Guinea (hills to nearby lowlands).


This is a monotypic species[1].



It find its food from the mud or moist ground. The diet includes earthworms, snails, beetles, lizards and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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