Melanesian thicketbird

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Melanesian thicketbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Superfamily: Sylvioidea
Family: Locustellidae (see text)
Genus: Megalurulus
Species: M. whitneyi
Binomial name
Megalurulus whitneyi
Mayr, 1933

The Melanesian thicketbird or Guadalcanal thicketbird (Megalurulus whitneyi) is a bird species. It used to be placed in the "Old World warbler" family Sylviidae, but it does not seem to be a close relative of the typical warblers; probably it belongs in the grass warbler family Locustellidae. It is found on two Pacific Ocean islands; Guadacanal in the Solomon Islands and Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.

The Melanesian thicketbird is around 16.5 cm long, a slender bird with long legs and a long tail.[2]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

It used to be considered conspecific with the New Britain thicketbird and the Bougainville thicketbird.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Megalurulus whitneyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Bregulla, Heinrich L. (1992) Birds of Vanuatu, Anthony Nelson, Oswestry, England. ISBN 0-904614-34-4