One of several taxa recently split from R. rufiventris#R (which see). Differs from all other taxa in that complex by various characters in unique combination: white throat; bold white-streaked grey breastband; white belly to vent; uniformly slate-grey upperparts; and white outer vanes of outer rectrices with partial or no white tips; but song still unknown. Differs in particular from two geographically closest representatives of rufiventris complex (apart from R. hoedti and R. assimilis, which see) as follows: from R. bouruensis in its white vs grey throat (2); white vs rich tan belly to vent (3); slightly more white on outer tail (1); and longer bill (at least 1); and from R. obiensis in its heavily vs very lightly streaked breastband (3); lack of white fringes on secondaries (2); lack of white tail tips (2); uniform upperparts (ns); and longer tail (allow 2). Differs from its next (after R. bouruensis) morphologically closest representative, R. hoedti, in its white vs rusty-cream belly to vent (2); lack of bold white tail tips (3); rather stronger breast streaks (1); and smaller size, with shorter tail and much shorter bill (allow 2). See also R. tenkatei. Monotypic.
Seram and Ambon, in S Moluccas.
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