Sorong, north-west New Guinea.
Has sometimes been placed in Malurus, but recent DNA studies#R#R indicate that this renders Malurus paraphyletic, as present species forms a clade with Sipodotus and Clytomyias; see also M. cyanocephalus (below). Isolated race campbelli sometimes treated as separate species, and recently elevated on basis of mitochondrial (but not nuclear) DNA differences#R; otherwise differs mainly in being slightly smaller (sample size very small; one male wing was same length as three of nominate), and probably has a browner back and less sex-related difference in crown colour than nominate#R; voices of both taxa appear to be very poorly known. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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