Usually considered conspecific with R. rufifrons, but differs in white vs rufous forecrown and frontal supercilium (3); grey vs rufous back to base of tail (3); grey vs ochraceous flanks to vent (2); dark grey vs white (or black in R. r. ugiensis) throat with more diffuse scalloping on breast (ns); and supposedly a different “foraging behaviour”#R; surprisingly, however, voice falls within range of vocalizations of the Solomons group of R. rufifrons#R. Differs from R. melanolaema in its grey vs black ear-coverts (3); grey vs white forehead adjacent to frontal supercilium (2); dark grey vs black throat and breast, with more diffuse scaling on lower breast and much greyer belly to vent (2); dull brown-tinged grey vs dull grey-tinged brown upperparts (in R. m. melanolaema; distinction stronger in R. m. utupae; ns); and different song (3; see R. melanolaema). Monotypic.
E Caroline Is (Pohnpei).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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