Spotted Catbird

Ailuroedus melanotis

The Spotted, or Black-eared, Catbird inhabits the tropical rainforests of north-eastern Queensland, Australia, and is also found throughout New Guinea. It is a large, secretive, solid green, dark-headed bird with a red iris and a stout pale bill. It has long powerful legs and bounds from branch to branch in search for food. Feeding birds are quite difficult to detect because their green plumage blends with the rainforest foliage. The only other member of this genus is the larger Green Catbird, found in southern Queensland and along the east coast of New South Wales, which lacks the blackish ear coverts and has more uniform bright green plumage with distinct white spots on the underparts. When seen, the Spotted Catbird is generally alone, in pairs or in small groups consisting of an adult pair and their offspring. More often heard than seen.