Cabanis and Heine, 1860,
Arabia = mountains of Al Qunfudhah, south-western Saudi Arabia.
Usually treated as conspecific with M. viridissimus and M. orientalis, but differs from both in its very short stub-ended central tail feathers (effect size against next shortest, orientalis, −3.99, score 2); bright blue forehead, supercilium and throat, and bluer lower belly (3); broader, smudgier black breast-bar (2); marginally larger size and clearly longer tail (minus the tail extensions) than the other taxa (at least 1). Proposed race najdanus (from C Arabian plateau) now included within muscatensis. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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