Meliphaga gracilis cinereifrons
Rona, south-east New Guinea.
Sometimes considered conspecific with M. gracilis, but differs in its pale narrow eyering (2); yellow ear-patch reaching behind eye (2); blackish lores, area around eye and supercilium (2); ochraceous vs whitish-yellow underwing-coverts (ns); and slightly longer, thicker bill (1). Name stevensi (N watershed of SE New Guinea) has been used for a race either of present species or of M. analogus, and true identity remains uncertain; genetically based investigations indicate that specimens attributed to stevensi include cryptic variants of both species#R; further study in progress. Treated as monotypic, pending identification of N form.
Foothills and coasts of SE New Guinea E to Milne Bay (including Sariba I), in N from at least Goodenough Bay (Nowata), and in S from Malalaua. Also (perhaps racially distinct, identity uncertain) N watershed of SE New Guinea.
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Status and conservation
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