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White-bellied Pitohui - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Brown Pitohui; Mottled Pitohui; Mottle-breasted Pitohui; Brown Wood-shrike

Pseudorectes incertus

White-bellied Pitohui


21.5 - 23cm.

  • Dark brown crown and upperparts
  • Rufous tinged uppertail-coverts
  • Dark brown upperwing and tail
  • Brownish-white below
  • Brown or dark brown mottled throat and upper breast, forming a band in some birds
  • Dark brown eye
  • Horn-brown bill

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to two small areas at upper River Fly and River Noord in west-central and east-central New Guinea.
Locally common in its tiny known range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
This species was formerly placed in the genus Pitohui and thereafter in Colluricincla.


Moist lowland forests, swamps, flat subcoastal plains.


Feeds on insects and fruits. Usually seen in dense vegetation and vine tangles. Joins mixed-species flocks.
Male in breeding condition recorded in August. No other information about breeding.
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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