#R Ninigo Islands, north of New Guinea.
Formerly included in M. freycinet; genetic data suggest closest to M. reinwardt#R. Known to hybridize with M. decollatus on islands of Karkar and Bagabag#R (off NE New Guinea); comparison of specimens taken on Karkar I in 1914 and 1969 indicates that this population may have moved closer to present species than to M. decollatus. Race brenchleyi traditionally accepted for birds of Solomon Is (including Bougainville and Buka), but validity doubtful; proposed races hueskeri (New Hanover) and rubrifrons (Admiralty Is) likewise no longer accepted. Shows striking but apparently random variation in both coloration and size. Monotypic.
Ninigo Group E through Admiralty Is, New Britain, New Ireland and rest of Bismarck Archipelago to Solomon Is.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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