White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides)

The White-eared Catbird, also known as the Paradise Whistler, is a bird species commonly found in the regions of New Guinea and its surrounding islands, including the Moluccas.

The White-eared Catbird belongs to the family of birds named Ptilonorhynchidae, which consists of bowerbirds and catbirds. It has a small head with a distinct bill, and can grow up to a maximum length of 22 centimeters. The male and female of this species look alike, with exposed skin around their eyes colored blue.

The bird's plumage is glossy black, with a white crescent above each eye and a small, yet distinctive, white-patched ear coverts. The flanks of the bird are olive green, and the wing feathers are light brown. During its mating season, the male birds have been observed displaying behavior such as fluffing up their feathers, fanning their tails, and singing to attract potential mates.

The White-eared Catbird has a unique and melodious song. It can produce several different types of whistles, ranging from high-pitched notes to deep, low-toned calls. The bird is mostly active in the morning and evening times, spending much of its day perched in the dense tropical forests that it inhabits.

The White-eared Catbird feeds primarily on fruits, berries, and insects. It has been observed eating the fruits of figs and other trees. Additionally, they occasionally consume small lizards and birds.

Due to its wide distribution in various tropical regions, the White-eared Catbird has been classified as a species of “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, habitat loss due to deforestation and climate change remain significant threats to this species.

In conclusion, the White-eared Catbird is an intriguing bird species with a variety of interesting characteristics, including its unique song and behavior during mating. Despite its classification as “least concern,” conservation efforts should be made to preserve its habitat and prevent the potential threat of extinction.

Other names

Ailuroedus buccoides



White-eared Catbird

arquer de galtes blanques



smeđokapa vrtlarica

lemčík bělouchý

Hvidøret Kattefugl



Jardinier à joues blanches


Uccello gatto guancebianche


baltagurklis katpaukštis


miauczek białouchy


Белозобая птица-кошка

Belouha mačkulja

šiatorník bielosluchý

Maullador cariblanco

vitörad kattfågel


нявкун білогорлий


fehérfülű nyávogómadár

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