Microscelis crassirostris moheliensis
Bandamale, 500 m, Mohéli, Comoro Islands.
Originally described as a race of H. crassirostris, but subsequently treated as a race of H. parvirostris. Molecular analysis#R suggests that it is not sister to parvirostris, and indeed it differs in its notably darker grey-brown underparts, with little or no white on belly (3); deeper red bill (1); strikingly larger size (effect size 3.06 for tail of unsexed birds vs male H. parvirostris; score 2); and slightly different song, not so distinct as suggested in HBW, but lower-pitched (1) and with raspier, less “gargling” notes (1). Monotypic.
Mohéli (Mwali), in C Comoros.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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