Waigeo, West Papuan Islands.
Formerly lumped with M. nicobariensis, M. cumingii, M. bernsteinii, M. layardi, M. decollatus, M. geelvinkianus, M. eremita and M. reinwardt. Race forsteni (along with closely related buruensis#R#R) previously placed in M. reinwardt, and proposed by some authors for full species status#R; herein transferred to present species on basis of marked differences from M. reinwardt, including short broad crest, dark (not yellow) bare face and legs, darker plumage, shorter tail and longer legs and feet#R, and on similarity to geographically adjacent freycinet, including morphometrics, plumage and bare-part colours, and duetting behaviour#R; this conclusion borne out by molecular studies#R. Race quoyii may merit treatment as a separate species#R; further study required. M. decollatus very closely related to forsteni and freycinet#R and may also belong in this species. Five subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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