Lesser Melampittas

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The Lesser Melampittas (Melampitta lugubris) are known as golík by the Ketengban people of the Jayawijaya Mountains, where this bird is common and widespread.



They inhabit the mountain forests of New Guinea.



These medium-sized songbirds measure about 18 cm in length, including their short tails. Their plumage is all black and their legs are long.

Males and females look alike, except the males have red eyes and the females brown eyes.


Nesting / Breeding

The Lesser Melampittas construct dome-like nests in the forests.


Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on insects.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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