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Alternative names: White-rumped Thicket-flycatcher, White-spotted Flycatcher-robin

Peneothello bimaculata

Identification

13-14 cm. A poorly known species.

  • Black plumage
  • White uppertail-coverts, white band from side of lower throat to side of upper breast
  • White belly
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill and legs
  • vicaria has a black belly

Females are similar but black areas are tinged brown.
Immatures are sooty black with washed brown upperwing-coverts, some undertail-coverts tipped white.

Distribution

Endemic to the mountains of New Guinea.
Scarce but locally common.

Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

  • P. b. bimaculata in the mountains of northwest New Guinea
  • P. b. vicaria in the mountains of southeast New Guinea and Huon Peninsula

Habitat

Rainforest in hills and lower mountains.
Occurs at 300-1700 m, probably higher. Most common at 700-1100m. Replaced at higher altitudes by Blue-grey Robin.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects and larvae, probably also on small earthworm.
Forages in lower levels of forest and on ground.

Breeding

Adults in breeding condition from July to August. No other information.

Movements

Presumably a sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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

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