Huon Catbird Ailuroedus astigmaticus

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A large chunky bird of foothill and lower montane forest on the Huon Peninsula. It has a longer tail, blacker crown with fewer, finer spots than sister species. Like other catbirds, it is very shy and hard to see. It may overlap altitudinally with Tan-capped Catbird, but Huon Catbird is larger, found at higher elevation and has the tell-tale black cheek and white-tipped tale. Call, a slurred, catlike, 3-note series “orr-weh-weeuu!”, rising on each note, then dropping back down at the end.

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