New Guinea Thornbill (Acanthiza murina)

The New Guinea Thornbill bird, also known as the Bornean Black Magpie or Bornean Flesher, is a small bird species belonging to the family of Passeridae. It inhabits the lowland and montane forests of New Guinea, as well as some nearby islands such as Salawati and Batanta. The scientific name for this bird is Acanthiza murina.

This bird is relatively small, measuring around 10-12 cm in length, and is speckled with grey and brown feathers on its head, wings, tail, and back. It has a distinctive black mask around its eyes, giving it a somewhat aggressive appearance. Its beak is thin and pointed, perfect for its insectivorous diet.

The New Guinea Thornbill bird is an active and agile aerial forager, darting from one area to another in search of insects. Its habitat includes dense shrubs and trees, where it can easily access its prey. It also feeds on fruit, seeds, and nectar, making it an important pollinator for a variety of plants in its ecosystem.

One of the most notable characteristics of the New Guinea Thornbill bird is its unique vocalization. It produces a complex and varied song consisting of a variety of sounds, including trills, chirps, and warbles. It also uses its vocalizations to communicate with its mate and defend its territory.

The New Guinea Thornbill bird is fairly common in its range and is not considered to be threatened or endangered. However, deforestation and habitat loss due to human activities such as logging and agriculture could pose a threat to its population in the future.

Overall, the New Guinea Thornbill bird is a fascinating and beautiful species, playing an important role in its ecosystem as both a pollinator and insectivore. Its unique vocalization and behavior make it a valuable and interesting addition to the biodiversity of New Guinea and surrounding islands.

Other names

Acanthiza murina



New Guinea Thornbill

acantiça de Nova Guinea



pjegavolica trnokljunka

střízlíkovec novoguinejský

Papua Mejsesanger



Acanthize de Nouvelle-Guinée


Beccospino papua


papuasinis spygliasnapis


buszówka mysia


Полосатохвостая шипоклювка

Papuanska trnokljunka

ostrozobka bledooká

Acantiza papú


Papua Dikengagası

шиподзьоб новогвінейський

Remetuk papua