Belts of the Murray, South Australia, Australia.
Sister to the arid-zone taxa C. castaneothorax, C. marginatum, C. cinnamomeum and C. alisteri, based on genetic study#R. Recent move to separate clarum (with fordianum) as a species is based on mtDNA distance (4.38%) and plumage characters (more extensive and paler red-brown on back to rump and tertials: score 3)#R, but the plumage characters apply only to clarum, while race fordianum is described as “very similar to nominate”#R; moreover, no morphometric differences exist#R, no vocal differences are known, and proposers of split are still working on “sampling more loci and localities where the birds occur across the broad region of the Eyrean Barrier”#R. Proposed races mayri (SC New South Wales) and morgani (Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia) indistinguishable from nominate; dundasi (SW Western Australia) is an intergrade between clarum and fordianum. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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