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Alternative names: White-winged Flyrobin; White-winged Thicket-robin; White-winged Thicket-flycatcher; Black Flycatcher-robin

Photo by dandsblair
Kumul Papua New Guinea, May 2012
Peneothello sigillata


14-15 cm.

  • Velvety black plumage
  • White patch on tertials
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill and legs
  • saruwagedi is smaller with a smaller white patch
  • hagenensis has a broader white patch
  • quadrimaculata has additionally a white patch on each side of breast

Sexes similar. Juveniles are dark brown, paler on underparts and with pale buff, olive-brown or rufous shaft streaks on body feathers and upperwing-coverts.


Endemic to the mountains of New Guinea.
Generally common in its range.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • P. s. quadrimaculata:
  • P. s. saruwagedi:
  • New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula)
  • P. s. hagenensis:
  • Central New Guinea (highlands of Mount Hagen and Star Mountains)
  • P. s. sigillata:
  • Central Highlands and mountains of south-eastern New Guinea


Moss forest in the mountains between 2400-3900 m, sometimes lower.
Replaced at lower elevations by Blue-grey Robin.



Feeds on insects. Takes also fruit and seeds.
Forages in lower levels of forest.


They breed during September to January. A bulky nest is made of green moss, dried fern, and rootlets, placed in a tree fork. The single light-olive egg, is sparsely marked with brown.


Presumably a resident species.


  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
  3. BF member observations

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