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Heteromyias albispecularis


15–18 cm

  • Ash-grey head
  • White cheeks and throat
  • Olive-grey upperparts


South-east Asia and Australasia
Indonesia (provinces of Papua and West Papua), and Papua New Guinea.


Grey-headed Robin was formerly treated as subspecies of this species. Furthermore this species is also often placed in Poecilodryas[2]


Clements accepts five subspecies[1]:

  • H. a. albispecularis::
  • North-western New Guinea (Tamrau and Arfak mountains)
  • H. a. atricapilla:
  • North-eastern New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula)
  • H. a. rothschildi:
  • H. a. centralis:
  • H. a. armiti:
  • Herzog Mountains and mountains of south-eastern New Guinea


Montane forests generally at heights around 1700–2400 m, but locally can be seen up to 2600 m and as low as 850 m.



Their main diet consists of insects, including beetles, ants and centipedes; with the addition of worms.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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