Golden cuckooshrike

Campochaera sloetii

TAXONOMY

Campephaga sloetii Schlegel, 1866, New Guinea. Two subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Golden triller; French: Echenilleur doré; German: Goldraupenfresser; Spanish: Oruguero Anaranjado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.9 in (20 cm); 1.3-1.6 oz (36-46 g). Grayish white forehead and browline with olive-gray crown. Neck to uppertail-coverts are orange-yellow, as is the abdomen. Black wings with two white stripes; throat and upper breast black.

DISTRIBUTION

C. s. sloetii: Arfak Mountains (foothills) and north New Guinea lowlands east to Wewak area. C. s. flaviceps: South New Guinea lowlands from Mimika River east to Port Moresby area.

HABITAT

Tall tree canopy of forest interior and edge.

BEHAVIOR

Occurs in pairs or small parties. Active and noisy, with musical, high-pitched whistling calls. Duetting displays are recorded.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Eats fruit; reports of feeding on insects are unconfirmed.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Unknown; it is thought to breed during the rainy season (November-March).

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. The known distribution is rather patchy but the species was formerly regarded as not uncommon locally.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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