Quoy and Gaimard, 1830,
Manokwari, New Guinea.
Formerly included in Rigidipenna inexpectata as a subspecies but that species differs in tail morphology and osteological characters#R. Plumage coloration and rainforest habitat differ from those of congeners, and may suggest some distant affinity with Batrachostomus, although similarities to latter may be due at least partly to convergent evolution. Taxonomy of S race plumiferus much confused in past, partly because of dearth of available specimens, leading to over-reliance on descriptions; it has been treated as a race of P. papuensis or of P. strigoides, but recent study of specimens and vocalizations#R leaves little doubt that it is best regarded as a race of present species. Five subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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