Melithreptes [sic] lætior
Lake Eyre district, central Australia.
Commonly considered conspecific with M. gularis, but differs in its much brighter yellow on upperparts, notably mantle and rump (2); paler, whiter lower underparts (1); yellow vs blue eyering (2); and more variable and lower-pitched song, with effect size for middle frequency 6.77 (score 3)#R; moreover, it hybridizes with M. gularis over broad zone in E Australia (Queensland S to NC New South Wales) (1). Proposed races normantoniensis (NW Queensland) and carpentarianus (E Queensland) refer to some of these intergrades; parus (Exmouth Gulf, in Western Australia) is included in synonymy of laetior. See also M. validirostris. Monotypic.
W & N Western Australia E to NW & N Queensland (around S & E Gulf of Carpentaria and S Cape York Peninsula), thence S to extreme NE South Australia and NC New South Wales.
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Status and conservation
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