“Oceanien”; error = Triton Bay, south-east New Guinea.
Possibly conspecific with M. vicina (see below). Name stevensi (from N watershed of SE New Guinea) has been used for a race variously of present species and of M. cinereifrons; recent genetically based investigations indicate that specimens attributed to stevensi include cryptic variants of both species. Populations in Baiyer Valley (E New Guinea) probably constitute an as yet unnamed race. Race citreolus of M. orientalis originally treated as an altitudinal variant of present species. Form rarus, described from single specimen attributed to M. mimikae, is an atypical specimen of present species (race flavidus)#R. Birds of N lowlands (Wewak E to Huon Gulf), described as race connectens, appear indistinguishable from flavidus; birds from Fly R district E to Hall Sound proposed as race papuae, but inseparable from nominate. In general, geographical variation rather weak, and species treated as monotypic by some recent authors#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Also (racially distinct, identity uncertain) N watershed of SE New Guinea.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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