Morningbird

Colluricincla tenebrosa

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

COLTEN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Morningbird has a very small range of just 460 square kilometers. It is restricted to Palau where it is a fairly common resident of moist lowland forests, and is more common on the small islands in its range. Although the population size of the Morningbird is unknown, it appears to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Morningbird: Small, dull, gray-brown whistler species with buff-brown belly and vent, and some buff-brown edging in the wings. It has a black-brown eye, short wings, and a thick, straight, gray-brown bill. The tail is medium in length with a slightly notched tip. Medium-length legs and feet are black-gray. Sexes similar, juvenile resembles adult.


Range and Habitat

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Morningbird SONGS AND CALLS

Morningbird QQ1

Song is a mix of chirps and whistles generally given before dawn.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chu-wit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is also known as a brown Tutau or Palau Morningbird.
  • The Morningbird is well known for its loud morning songs.
  • This species was first described in 1868 in Palau by German ornithologists G. Hartlaub and O. Finsch.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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