Fan-tailed berrypecker

Fan-tailed berrypecker
Melanocharis versteri

Photo by Dan Blair (Bird Forum)

Common name:
fan-tailed berrypecker (en); pica-bagas-de-leque (pt); piquebaie éventail (fr); picabayas abanico (es); fächerschwanz-beerenpicker (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Melanocharitidae

This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea, where it is mainly restricted to the mountain ranges along the center of the islands, both in Papua-New-Guinea and Indonesia.

These birds are 14-19 cm long. The males are smaller, weighing 12,5-15 g, while females weigh 16-20 g.

This species is mostly found in High-altitude scrublands and rainforests, but also in grasslands and second growths, at altitudes of 1.250-3.700 m.

They feed mainly on berries and small fruits, but will also take some small insects.

Fan-tailed berrypeckers can probably breed all year round. They nest in a sturdy, deep cup made of fern fibres and lined with lichens, usually placed on a fork in a tree or on an horizontal branch. There the female lay 1-2 eggs. The is no information regarding the length of the incubation and fledgling periods.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is reported to be scarce to fairly common. There is no information regarding population trends or threats, but the species is not considered threatened at present.

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