Regent whistler

Pachycephala schlegelii

SUBFAMILY

Pachycephalinae

TAXONOMY

Pachycephala schlegelii Schlegel, 1871, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea. Three subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Schlegel's whistler; French: Siffleur de Schlegel; German: Schlegeldickkopf; Spanish: Chiflador de Schlegel.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

5.9-6.5 in (15-16.5 cm); 0.04-0.05 lb (19.5-24.8 g). Black head, throat, and wing and tail coverts; orange belly; and brownish mantle with yellow stripe.

DISTRIBUTION

New Guinea from about 4,290 to 12,000 ft (1,300 to 3,500 m), mainly above 6,100 ft (1,850 m). P. s. schlegelii: northwest New Guinea; P. s. cyclopum: north central New Guinea; P. s. obscurior: central, east, and northeast New Guinea.

HABITAT

Inhabits forest and forest edges. BEHAVIOR

Usually seen singly or in pairs. During display the crown feathers are raised and the nape feathers erected across back of the head.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Gleans insects, spiders, and seeds.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nesting habits undescribed. Lays two white eggs spotted with black and lavender.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Common to abundant in middle elevations and above, but scarce lower down.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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