Little shrikethrush

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Little shrikethrush
Little Shrike-thrush.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Colluricinclidae
Genus: Colluricincla
Species: C. megarhyncha
Binomial name
Colluricincla megarhyncha
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830)

The little shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha), also known as the rufous shrikethrush, is a species of bird in the Colluricinclidae family. It is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.[1] Genetic investigations of New Guinea populations of the little shrikethrush indicate high levels of genetic divergence, suggesting it may comprise more than one species.[2]

During a study of the toxicity of the genus Pitohui, two specimens of this species have been tested. One of the two specimens did have traces of batrachotoxins (BTXs) similar to those found in the secretions of Central and South American poison dart frogs.[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2013). "Colluricincla megarhyncha". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Deiner, Kristy; Lemmon, Alan R.; Mack, Andrew L.; Fleischer, Robert C.; Dumbacher, John P. (2011). "A Passerine Bird's Evolution Corroborates the Geologic History of the Island of New Guinea". PLoS 6 (5): e19479. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019479. 
  3. ^ Avian chemical defense: Toxic birds not of a feather

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