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Arfak Mountains, West Papua, Indonesia, 7 July 2019
Pachycephalopsis hattamensis


15cm (16 in)

  • Grey head
  • White lores
  • Olive-green back
  • Reddish-brown undertail coverts


Southeast Asia: Indonesia
'Australasia: New Guinea (endemic), Papua New Guinea, Melanesia (endemic)



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. h. hattamensis:
  • North-western New Guinea (Tamrau and Arfak mountains)
  • P. h. ernesti:
  • P. h. axillaris:
  • P. h. insularis:
  • P. h. lecroyae:


Forests, generally at heights around 760–1650 m, though locally higher.



Mostly a ground feeder in areas of ferns and tall herbiage. Their diet consisting mostly of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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