Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus) - HBW 12, p. 579
French: Pycnoptile compagnon
Spanish: Acantiza Piloto
Taxonomy: Pycnoptilus floccosus Gould, 1851, Brindabella Ranges towards Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia.
Taxonomic placement unresolved; some features suggest a link with bristlebirds (Dasyornithidae), perhaps a result of convergence, but others fit present family, of which currently treated as an aberrant member. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- floccosus Gould, 1851 - Snowy Mts of New South Wales (from Brindabella Range S to Kosciusko escarpment), in SE Australia.
- sandlandi Mathews, 1912 - coastal New South Wales (S from Newcastle) and Victoria (E from Melbourne).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird responding to playback Locality Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 8 November 2004 7 years ago 25 sec 3.6
A bird singing in response to playback Locality Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 8 November 2004 7 years ago 23 sec 3.5
A pair in a bush, singing and then both crossing quickly the path. Locality Wirravilla Rain Forest, Victoria, Australia (ssp sandlandi)
Josep del Hoyo 23 October 2009 3 years ago 24 sec 3