Long considered conspecific with L. coccineus and †L. wolstenholmei, but recent DNA study#R revealed genetic distances among the three to be equivalent to that between them and sister-species L. caeruleirostris; this, coupled with colour and apparent nesting differences, supports treatment as separate species. Monotypic.
E Maui, in Hawaiian Is. Possibly extinct (last recorded in 1988)#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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