Otidiphaps nobilis var. cervicalis
E. P. Ramsay, 1880,
Goldie River, New Guinea.
Affinities uncertain. Hitherto considered one of four distinctive subspecies grouped under the name O. nobilis, but here treated as full species (see under O. nobilis). The form cervicalis (SE New Guinea) differs from nobilis in its greyish-white vs glossy amethyst/greenish hindneck (3); brownish vs coppery nuchal area to mantle (2); dark turquoise-green vs purplish-russet to deep blue lower back to uppertail-coverts (3); and blackish-green vs black-blue underparts (ns). It differs from aruensis in its much smaller and greyish-white vs pure white and more extensive (to mantle) hindneck (3); dark turquoise-green vs purplish-russet to deep blue lower back to uppertail-coverts (3); blackish-green vs black-blue lower underparts (1); and slightly darker, more maroon-tinged back and wings (as in nobilis), aruensis lacking the maroon, being a shade more rufous (ns). Monotypic.
Mountains of E & SE New Guinea (Saruwaged, Sepik, Kuper).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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