Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae)

Fan-tailed Berrypecker (Melanocharis versteri) - HBW 13, p. 336

French: Piquebaie éventail German: Fächerschwanz-Beerenpicker Spanish: Picabayas Abanico
Other common names: Verster’s Berrypecker

Taxonomy: Pristorhamphus versteri Finsch, 1876, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Birds of this species present on Mt Bosavi and in Torricelli Range of undetermined race, but presumed to belong with virago. Individuals from higher elevations notably larger than those from lower altitudes, but this is not considered taxonomically significant. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • versteri (Finsch, 1876) - mountains of Vogelkop, in NW New Guinea.
  • meeki (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1911) - mountains of WC & C New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Hindenburg Range.
  • virago (Stresemann, 1923) - mountains of N, EC & NE New Guinea, including Cyclops Mts, Torricelli Range, and Sepik Mts E to Huon Peninsula.
  • maculiceps (De Vis, 1898) - mountains of SE New Guinea, including Herzog Mts.

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