E. L. Layard, 1876,
Mbua, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Until very recently considered conspecific with M. azureocapilla, but significant molecular and morphological differences identified#R, latter involving its broad white tips of tail feathers (more prominent in male) vs none (3); chestnut vs maroon throat in male (2); absence of white on lores, subocular area and lower ear-coverts in female (2); absence or great reduction of irregular blackish markings on breast sides and flanks (ns); and smaller size (male wing for larger nominate 75.1 mm vs 83.6#R; allow 2). Moreover, trilled song appears to be lower and slower (potentially an additional score of 3)#R. Two subspecies recognized.
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