Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae)

Black Berrypecker (Melanocharis nigra) - HBW 13, p. 335

French: Piquebaie noir German: Weißbüschel-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas Negro

Taxonomy: Dicaeum niger Lesson, 1830, Manokwari, western New Guinea.
Perhaps forms a species pair with M. arfakiana. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pallida Stresemann & Paludan, 1932 - Waigeo I, in West Papuan Is.
  • nigra (Lesson, 1830) - West Papuan Is (Salawati and Misool) and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop).
  • unicolor Salvadori, 1878 - Geelvink Bay (Yapen I) and N, E & SE New Guinea.
  • chloroptera Salvadori, 1876 - Aru Is, and SC New Guinea from Mimika R E to Fly R.

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