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Sooty Shrikethrush - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Sooty Whistler; Obscure Whistler; Obscure Shrike-thrush

Colluricincla tenebrosa


18 - 19cm

  • Black to blackish-brown crown and head side
  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Dark brown upperwings and tail
  • Dusky brown underparts with greyer throat and slightly paler and browner belly
  • Dark brownish-red eye
  • Black bill
  • Grey legs

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed. Atra is even darker.


Endemic to New Guinea.
Rare and little known species.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. u. atra in west-central New Guinea on northern slopes of Snow Mountains
  • C. u. umbrina on southern slopes of Snow Mountains and isolated in western Schrader Mountains

Has been placed in genus Pachycephala in the past as Pachycephala tenebrosa.


Moist montanes from 1450 - 2150m.


Very shy species.
Feeds on insects, perching for long periods.
A pair was observed carrying nesting material in December. No other information about breeding.
Probably a resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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

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