Naiabui, Hall Sound, New Guinea.
Previously thought, on biogeographical grounds, to form a species-pair with L. vana. Has apparently hybridized with L. castaneothorax in lowlands near Port Moresby. Race scratchleyana distinctive, with its yellow vs rusty-orange uppertail-coverts (3); olive-grey nape (1); paler, greyer underparts (2); and possibly montane vs lowland habitat (ns). Elevation of this taxon to species level, however, inadvisable until a better understanding is reached of its relations with lower-lying taxa to the N and S, e.g. racial affinities of mid-montane populations on N watershed at Garaina, Chirima Valley and Myola grasslands not determined; these included, tentatively, with scratchleyana, while Myola birds (with head and breast darker grey) described as race myolae; further study required. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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