J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
Eua, Tongatapu Group, Tonga Islands = Fiji (whence introduced to Tonga)#R.
Sometimes considered conspecific with P. splendens, but latter may be closer to P. personata. Nominate race often restricted to birds of Gau (Fiji) and Tonga, with those of Koro placed in koroensis and those of Vanua Levu and Kioa in atrogularis, on basis of presence and extent of blue nuchal collar and maroon feather fringes on rump and uppertail-coverts, but these characters now known to be variable within populations; situation somewhat confused, owing especially to probable mixtures resulting from introductions. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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