Clytomyias insignis Sharp, 1879, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea. Two subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Orange-crowned fairy wren; French: Mйrion а tкte rousse; German: Rotkopf-Staffelschwanz; Spanish: Ratona Australiana Rufa.
Female 0.42–0.49 oz (12–14 g), male 0.35–0.49 oz (10–14 g). Cock-tailed fairy-wren with orange crown, buffy orange below and orange/olive above.
Found at 6,560–9,840 ft (2,000–3,000 m) along both flanks of the central cordillera of New Guinea. C. i. insignis occurs as an isolated population in far northwestern Irian Jaya.
Mountain rainforest, usually in thickets of vine and climbing bamboo, along tracks and in small clearings made by tree fall.
Rarely flies, and moves in groups through dense foliage with tail half-cocked and partly spread. Does not join mixed-species foraging flocks. Groups remain in same area throughout year. Voice a high-pitched twitter.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Gleans underside of leaves for invertebrates.
Breeding biology is virtually unknown.
Not threatened but deforestation a potential threat.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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