Louisiana; error = Australia.
At times placed in Hoplopterus or Lobivanellus, or in monospecific Lobibyx (as race of V. miles). Usually treated as conspecific with V. miles owing to intergrades in at least two areas of overlap, N Queensland and L Eyre catchment area; but according to published data#R differs in its much smaller facial lappets, particularly on forehead (3); larger black cap, extending onto nape (2); shade browner upperparts (ns); black mark at side of breast running down from nape as black collar (2); darker, less contrasting diagonal wingbar (ns); carpal spur and bill with black tips, and tarsal scutes with darker grey centres (ns); larger (males in all measurements), with longer wing (252.6 ± 5.91 vs 227.2 ± 4.93) and tail (107.0 ± 3.94 vs 95.4 ± 2.27), yet bill shorter (33.6 ± 1.61 vs 36.1 ± 2.01) (effect size for wing 4.67, score 2, effect size for bill −1.37, score 1; total score 3); zone of intergradation would add a score (1 or 2 depending on width). Monotypic.
E & SE Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, including Stewart I; recently colonized, and now well established in, Chatham Is.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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