Papuan Scrubwren Sericornis papuensis

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A small bird of upper montane forest understory. Brown upperparts, rufous wing and tail, pale brown underparts and a pale brown to gray eye. Note the dark spot in the wing with pale base to the flight feathers, buffy eye-ring and forehead. Searches for insects in small groups. Similar to Large Scrubwren, but Papuan is smaller and lacks the rusty face. Also similar to Buff-faced Scrubwren, but Papuan is usually higher elevation and lacks the gray crown. Song, a repeated, cheerful, whistled phrase.

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