Hitherto considered conspecific with C. cyanotis, but differs on account of blue-black forehead (none in cyanotis) running back to broad (vs narrow) and blue-black (vs royal-blue) supercilium, broad (vs narrow) area under eye, blue-black (vs royal-blue) ear-coverts, and full black basal submoustachial and malar area (none in cyanotis), the supercilium topped with white flecks (pinkish line in cyanotis), the lower cheek and edge of black basal submoustachial also edged with white flecking (3); white (vs dirty buff) chin (ns); strong glossy violet-lilac (pink-purple) lower ear-coverts, distal submoustachial area, neck sides and blurry-edged breastband vs pale silvery-pink lower ear-coverts, entire submoustachial area, neck sides and blurry-edged breastband (colour weakest on this last) (3); dorsal area more strongly foxy-rufous (continuing colour of crown) vs becoming drab brown (2); flight-feathers bluish-black vs brown-tinged dark grey (ns); larger bill and longer wings (effect size for wing length 4.41; score 2). Monotypic.
Sangihe Is (Sangihe, Siau), off N Sulawesi.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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