This newly described species is known from two localities in Papua, Indonesia: Yapen Island (off the north coast of New Guinea), 7km north of Kontiunai, at 620-680m asl; and Dabra (on the New Guinea mainland), at 80m asl. It has only been found immediately around the type localities, and has not yet been found elsewhere.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives on the floor of tropical forest, including in secondary re-growth forest, and presumably breeds by direct development.
It is a rare species.
It might be threatened by selective logging.
Although it is found in Yapen Nature Reserve, logging continues here.
Rainer Günther, David Price 2004. Hylophorbus nigrinus. In: IUCN 2014