type locality doubtful; probably Samoa Islands.
Forms part of assemblage often referred to as subgenus Cookilaria. Often treated as conspecific with P. leucoptera, but differs in slightly paler and less extensive hood (1); broader dark trailing edge of wing (1); lack of paler inner webs of primaries (1); shorter legs (from published figures#R, effect size 2.3; score 2); longer wing (from published figures#R, effect size 2.4; score 2). Newly described form magnificens#R (Banks Is) requires further assessment#R. Provisionally treated as monotypic.
SW & C Pacific Ocean, confirmed breeding in Vanuatu (Vanua Lava#R and possibly Gaua, in Banks Is#R, Erromango, Tanna and Aneityum) and Fiji (Gau, Kadavu); also (current status unknown) in S Solomon Is (Makira), Western Samoa and Cook Is (Rarotonga), and perhaps in other Polynesian islands#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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