E. Newton, 1867,
Praslin Island, Seychelles.
Recent genetic study#R suggested form barklyi basal to Coracopsis but also indicated genus Mascarinus interposed between races barklyi and sibilans, a counterintuitive finding that requires validation#R; nonetheless separation of sibilans from barklyi at species level accepted here on several grounds. Statement in HBW that race barklyi of Seychelles “apparently indistinguishable from sibilans” erroneous, but in morphology the two are extremely similar. Increasingly frequent recent practice of treating barklyi as a full species supported by several molecular studies#R#R and is provisionally accepted here: differences from C. nigra largely as those that distinguish C. sibilans (see below), while differences from C. sibilans include reportedly different voice (allow 3); bill slightly larger (1); seemingly (on limited specimen evidence) narrower, more pointed rectrices (requires verification; ns); very weak blue-grey or paler grey outer edges of primaries vs none (1); paler lower belly and vent (1); reportedly different habitat choice, with highly specific nesting requirements (1)#R#R. Monotypic.
Praslin and Curieuse (no breeding recorded in latter#R), in the Seychelles.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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