Halcyon bougainvillei excelsa
inland from Cape Hunter, 4000 feet [c. 1200 m], Guadalcanal.
Present species and A. bougainvillei are geographically separated from congeners; may provide a link between Actenoides and Tanysiptera. Hitherto considered conspecific with A. bougainvillei, and status difficult to determine as known only from a single female; this, however, differs from female bougainvillei in its black moustachial and postocular line, latter forming much broader hindcollar (3); shorter rufous “cape” on mantle below hindcollar (15 mm vs 24 mm), albeit sample size small (ns ); black to greenish-black mantle, wing-coverts and wings vs greenish-rufous mantle and tertials and deep blue wings (3); flecks of electric blue-white down blackish rump vs broad electric turquoise line down royal-blue rump (3); underparts rufous-tinged buff vs rufous (ns); bill and feet orange (label data: R. H. Beck) vs “Chinese red” (label data: A. H. Meek) (ns). Monotypic.
Guadalcanal (S Solomons).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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