P. L. Sclater, 1879,
Often treated as conspecific with M. eques, but differs in its blackish-grey vs dark grey-brown plumage, with paler vs uniformly dark belly (3); lack of ruby-red central throat (some birds show a vague flush of dull red around the chin, but never on the throat) (3); partially grey vs extensively white inner edges to secondaries, producing much less marked contrast in underwing pattern (2); blacker lores (ns); marginally larger size but distinctly longer bill (effect size 3.38, score 2). Birds from Umboi previously separated as race rooki, but differences minimal (slightly larger, male perhaps slightly paler above). Monotypic.
Umboi and New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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