Rufous-backed Honeyeater Ptiloprora guisei

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A common, medium-sized honeyeater of montane forest in eastern New Guinea. Gray head and underparts, diffuse rufous-brown back and flanks, with whole body boldly patterned with dark streaks. Long curved bill, pale gray eye and a distinctive pale gray stripe running back from above the eye. Forages out in the open and readily observed. Similar to Gray-streaked but Rufous-backed usually occurs at lower elevation and has a rufous rather than gray back. Common call, a falling then rising “piuuwiiii!”.

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