Machaerirhynchidae – Boatbills

Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer ©Ian Montgomery Website

Machaerirhynchus is a genus of passerine birds with affinities to woodswallows and butcherbirds. The two species are known as boatbills. The genus is distributed across New Guinea and northern Queensland.

The two Boatbill species are:

Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus
Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

Species Links
  • Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

    BirdLife Species Account
    ...For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
  • Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

    HBW Species Account
    Taxonomy: Macheirhynchus [sic] nigripectus Schlegel, 1871, interior of Vogelkop = Arfak Mountains, New Guinea. Relationships of genus uncertain; has been suggested that this species and M. flaviventer should be placed in a separate family of their own. Three subspecies recognized.
  • Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

    Species Account
    Sound archive and distribution map
  • Black-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus nigripectus

    Species Account
    The black-breasted boatbill (Machaerirhynchus nigripectus) is a species of bird in the Machaerirhynchidae family. It is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

    BirdLife Species Account
    ...For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

    HBW Species Account
    Taxonomy: Machaerirhynchus flaviventer Gould, 1851, Cape York, Australia. Relationships of genus uncertain; has been suggested that this species and M. nigripectus should be placed in a separate family of their own. Six subspecies recognized.
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

    Species Account
    Sound archive and distribution map
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

    Species Account
    The yellow-breasted boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) is a species of bird in the Machaerirhynchidae family. It is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 2

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