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Arfak catbird

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Aves
Family  Ptilonorhynchidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Ailuroedus
Similar  Rawnsley's bowerbird, Streaked bowerbird, Fire‑maned bowerbird, Yellow‑breasted bowerbird, White‑eared catbird

The Arfak catbird (Ailuroedus arfakianus) is a species of bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchidae) which can be found in the Bird's Head (Vogelkop) Peninsula in western New Guinea.

This species was formerly considered a subspecies of the spotted catbird before being reclassified as a distinct species in 2016. Martin Irestedt and colleagues examined the black-eared, spotted- and green catbird species complex genetically and found there were seven distinct lineages: the green catbird (A. crassirostris) of eastern Australia and the spotted catbird (A. maculosus) of eastern Queensland being the earliest offshoots, followed by the Huon catbird (A. astigmaticus) and black-capped catbird (A. melanocephalus) of eastern New Guinea, the Arfak catbird (A. arfakianus), the northern catbird (A. jobiensis) of central-northern New Guinea, and black-eared catbird (A.melanotis) of southwestern New Guinea, Aru Islands and far North Queensland.


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • A. a. misoliensisMayr & Meyer de Schauensee, 1939: found on Misool Island (Papua)
  • A. a. arfakianusMeyer, AB, 1874: found in the Vogelkop Mountains of northwest New Guinea
  • References

    Arfak catbird Wikipedia