Ptilotis (?) guisei
De Vis, 1894,
Mount Maneao, south-east New Guinea.
See P. erythropleura. Often treated as conspecific with P. mayri, but comparative studies indicate that the two are better considered separate species. Has sometimes been thought conspecific with P. perstriata, but the two occur sympatrically (with mutually exclusive altitudinal ranges) over at least 560 km in E New Guinea. Birds of Huon Peninsula intermediate between umbrosa and nominate, but closer to former and generally included within it; populations of Adelbert Mts and Mt Bosavi likewise provisionally placed in umbrosa. W limits of nominate race uncertain; populations of Bismarck Range and Kubor Range placed in nominate, but may belong with umbrosa (or intergradient between the two forms). Recent study of topotypical museum material#R suggests species may be better treated as monotypic. Genus name initially introduced on same page as that of P. guisei, but as a subgenus. Two subspecies currently recognized.
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