Psittacus Novae Zelandiae
Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand.
Races cookii and saisseti have been considered separate species based on genetic differences in accordance with the phylogenetic species concept#R, but their differences are not striking: saisseti is distinct from nominate and other taxa in novaezelandiae on account of its yellower face and underparts (yellow making red of crown slightly more fiery) (1), longer tail (obvious distinction from cyanurus, hochstetteri and nominate, but less so from cookii and †erythrotis) (probably only 1); cookii is same colour as nominate and taxa to the S of it, but has almost as long a tail as saisseti and much the largest bill, with exception perhaps of †subflavescens, which was yellowish below (like saisseti). Further research and evidence needed on these taxa. In recent times, race hochstetteri commonly treated as a distinct species on basis of molecular data#R#R#R; it was also suggested that †erythrotis be regarded as full species with hochstetteri as a race#R but this was later withdrawn#R, following evidence that the †erythrotis specimen used in that study had been mislabelled#R; hochstetteri has been listed as a race of C. malherbi#R, apparently in error. Six extant subspecies recognized.
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