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Morningbird Colluricincla tenebrosa photographed in Palau in 2013 by Devon Pike.jpg
Morningbird (Pachycephala tenebrosa) in Palau.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pachycephalidae
Genus: Pachycephala
Species: P. tenebrosa
Binomial name
Pachycephala tenebrosa
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1868)
  • Colluricincla tenebrosa
  • Malacolestes tenebrosa
  • Pitohui tenebrosus
  • Rectes tenebrosus

The morningbird (Pachycephala tenebrosa) is a songbird species in the family Pachycephalidae.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The morningbird was previously placed in the genus Colluricincla until split from the sooty shrikethrush in 2013.[2] Some authorities have placed the morningbird in the genus Pitohui and it is sometimes placed in its own monotypic genus, Malacolestes. Alternate names for the morningbird include the brown pitohui, morning pitohui, morning whistler, Palau morningbird and Palau pitohui.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The morningbird is endemic to the islands of Babelthuap, Koror, Garakayo, Peleliu and Ngabad in Palau. Its natural habitat is deep primary tropical moist lowland forests. The species is non-migratory. It is apparently commoner on the smaller islands in its range.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

Morningbirds feed principally on insects, but also take snails, berries, fruit and seeds. They feed on or around the ground.