Affinities uncertain, but genetic data link closely to P. rivoli and P. solomonensis#R. Hitherto considered conspecific with P. temminckii but here split on account of its pure grey lower breast divided sharply from bluish-black ventral band vs purplish lower breast shading into a bluish-black ventral band (3); brighter but less sharply defined rusty mantle and neck-sides (2); crown of female green shading to dark blue at rear vs purplish like male (3). Believed by some to be closely related to P. perousii, and allied to the large P. purpuratus species-group; an alternative treatment placed present species with a species-group including P. tannensis, P. wallacii, P. aurantiifrons, P. ornatus and P. perlatus. Monotypic.
Moluccas, W Papuan Is and Aru Is, E through New Guinea to Admiralty Is and Bismarck Archipelago, D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago, on to Solomon Is (E to Malaita) and S to coastal E Australia (but chiefly vagrant from Rockhampton area of Queensland S to Tasmania).
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Status and conservation
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