New South Wales = Sydney area.
Apparently a close relative of A. bennettii, and formerly considered conspecific; A. affinis (which see) sometimes erroneously included within present species. Variation complex, but much of it clinal, with largest birds in N of range and cline from darkest in SE to palest in NW Australia (N birds sometimes recognized as races leucogaster and/or rufus); population in S New Guinea formerly separated as race major, but appears to represent no more than end-point of size cline of nominate cristatus, being on average only marginally larger than N Queensland birds and within range of colour variation of latter; several other races listed in old literature (e.g. murchisonianus from Western Australia, olivei from Queensland, melvillensis from Northern Territory, centralia from N South Australia) are based on individual or polymorphic variation in coloration. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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