Hartlaub and Finsch, 1868,
Sometimes considered conspecific with M. oceanica (which see), M. pluto and the extinct †M. freycineti; differs from all in its much shorter tail (effect size for males −4.27, score 2, vs freycineti; −7.76, score 3, vs oceanica; and −11.79, score 4, vs pluto); rufous vs grey or blackish frons (3); rufous-orange eyering#R vs none (3); dull mid-brown vs brownish-grey, grey or slaty mantle to rump (2); paler grey crown (ns); and song from description#R entirely different and indeed found to possess smallest frequency range (score 3) with vocabulary largely distinct (at least 1)#R. This arrangement is supported by molecular evidence#R#R. Monotypic.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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