Ptilonopus [sic] chalcurus
G. R. Gray, 1860,
“Cook or Hervey Islands”; error = Makatea, Tuamotu.
Belongs to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see), forming part of the subgroup centred on that same species. Has often been considered a race of P. coralensis or P. purpuratus. Again recently treated as a race of P. coralensis#R, but differs in its fuller, darker cap (reddish-purple vs lilac-lavender, and extending from forehead to hindcrown vs from above greyish forehead to just beyond mid-crown, with no trace of slight yellowish posterior margin) (3); greener grey rest of head, neck and breast (1); green upperparts without obvious darker spots vs somewhat more olive-green upperparts with some darker spots (individually variable, but readily visible in most birds) (1); apparently different song (n=1 for recording), consisting of strophe involving series of slowly accelerating notes vs strophe of similar-pitched notes that form two groups of three notes followed by four or five notes on slightly alternating pitches (at least 2); much more arboreal behaviour, coralensis commonly using terrestrial substrates and indeed present on some atolls with only bushes and very low trees#R (1). Monotypic.
Makatea (Tuamotu Archipelago).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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