Usually considered to be closely related to T. chloris and T. enigma. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. cinnamominus and T. reichenbachii, but differs from cinnamominus in its much smaller size (all values for cinnamominus greater than those for reichenbachii, and latter scores 3 against cinnamominus below, hence: 3), all-white vs all-rufous underparts of males (3), all-white vs rufous breast/white belly of females (3), female blacker on back and wings (2), and cinnamon ruff below black collar on both sexes narrower and much whiter (2); differs from reichenbachii in its size (wing and tail effect sizes both more than –5, score 3), with female more extensively black above than her counterpart (1), immature white vs whitish-shot cinnamon below (2), and reportedly different voice#R (at least 1). Recent genetic study found that T. reichenbachii and T. cinnamominus are sequentially sister to T. recurvirostris, whereas T. pelewensis alone occupies a wholly separate clade#R. Monotypic.
Palau Is (Babeldaop S to Peleliu).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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