Ptilonopus [sic] gestroi
D’Albertis and Salvadori, 1876,
Yule Island, New Guinea.
Hitherto considered conspecific with P. ornatus but here treated as a separate species on account of its greenish-yellow vs purplish-red crown and cheek (3); broader, bolder mustard-yellow line below the grey of the throat and side-collar, shading to stronger golden-brown vs duller greenish-brown bordering the grey of the hindcollar (1); and richer russet-brown vs greenish-ochre breast and neck-sides, forming much more distinctive, darker area on mantle (3); in addition, leg colour may be different, red in gestroi (fide specimen labels), possibly yellow or whitish in ornatus, but no documented proof available. Also very closely related to the largely sympatric P. perlatus, although tends to be ecologically separated; presumably part of the group centred on P. tannensis. Birds from Onin Peninsula E to Chimbu Province sometimes separated as race kaporensis, but barely differ from gestroi#R. Monotypic.
New Guinea hills E from Cyclops Mts and Onin Peninsula.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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