Calœnas (Phlegœnas [sic]) Stairi
G. R. Gray, 1856,
Probably most closely related to A. sanctaecrucis, and both have been included in a complex that also contains A. jobiensis, A. kubaryi, A. erythropterus and A. xanthonurus, as well as †A. salamonis; present species may be related, more distantly, to A. hoedtii, A. beccarii and A. canifrons. Type specimen was a bird from London Zoo of uncertain origin; some authorities have questioned designation of Samoa as type locality, suggesting Tonga as more probable origin, but limited series of specimens does not justify altering the designated locality, so birds from Fiji and Tonga are currently placed in race vitiensis; under alternative arrangement, Samoan populations were placed in a separate race samoensis. Birds in Wallis and Futuna Is sometimes placed in race vitiensis#R. Alternatively, species sometimes treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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