Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Black berrypecker

Melanocharis nigra

Photo by Mehdhala Ouate (Internet Bird Collection)

Common name:
black berrypecker (en); pica-bagas-preto (pt); piquebaie noir (fr); picabayas negro (es); weißbüschel-beerenpicker (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Melanocharitidae

This species is found throughout the island of New Guinea, both in Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea, and also in some of the nearby offshore islands.

These birds are 9-10 cm long.

The black berrypecker is mostly found in lowland rainforests, but also in some mountain rainforests and plantations.

They feed on berries, small fruits and small arthropods.

The female builds the nest alone, which consists of a small cup made of plant fibres and lichens. The nest is placed on a forked branch near the edge of a tree. The female lays 1-2 eggs. The re is no information regarding the incubation period. The chicks are fed by both parents but there is no information regarding the length of the fledgling period.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is described as common to abundant. There is no information on population trends, but the black berrypecker is not considered threatened.

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