New Caledonia; error = New Ireland.
Closely related to P. iozonus; these two may form a species-group with P. hyogastrus and P. granulifrons, and perhaps also P. melanospilus and P. nainus; presumably part of the group centred on P. tannensis (which see). St Matthias race inferior is considerably smaller than nominate and differs in having russet-brown feathering around grey carpal patch; may warrant treatment as separate species, but museum sample size is rather small, and the possibility that the variation is clinal needs to be examined. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!