Jewel-babblers and allies (Eupetidae)

Lesser Melampitta (Melampitta lugubris) - HBW 12, p. 372

French: Petite Mélampitte German: Glanzflöter Spanish: Melampita Chica
Other common names: Lesser Blackwit, Black False Pitta

Taxonomy: Melampitta lugubris Schlegel, 1871, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
True affinities of genus uncertain; possibly belongs in a family of its own; has sometimes been linked with Paradisaeidae, but present species differs from that family in having downy nestlings and in not feeding them by regurgitation. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lugubris Schlegel, 1871 - Arfak Mts, in NW New Guinea.
  • rostrata (Ogilvie-Grant, 1913) - Grant, 1913) - Weyland Mts and Nassau Range, in WC New Guinea.
  • longicauda Mayr & Gilliard, 1952 - mountains of NC & E New Guinea (Oranje Range E to Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range).