Sulu Islands; error = Mindanao, south-east Philippines.
A member of the bleeding-heart group of related species, with G. luzonica, G. platenae, G. keayi and G. menagei, which are sometimes isolated in a subgenus Gallicolumba along with G. rufigula. Recent phylogenetic study strongly supports monophyly of the Philippine group of bleeding-hearts#R, all of which have been considered conspecific by some authorities. The form leytensis is distinctive, differing from nominate crinigera in having white confined to the throat, not extending down either side of the rusty breast-spot (2); solid grey breast sides covering each side of and extending well under the “heart” (2); and a shorter tail (effect size –1.58) (1); thus, evidence of vocal differences would probably establish this as a separate species. Proposed race basilanica is a synonym of bartletti, and bartletti itself is probably invalid; nomenclature unstable owing to uncertain provenance and identity of the type specimen#R. Three subspecies recognized.
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