De Vis, 1897,
Mount Scratchley, Wharton Range, south-east New Guinea.
Sometimes separated with M. nouhuysi and M. princeps in Melionyx, the three comprising a group of medium-sized species that differ from other current congeners in size, morphology, plumage and voice. Populations across Central Ranges previously recognized as race occidentalis, including Eastern Highlands form gilliardi; but recent study#R noted no discernible plumage or bare-part differences, and size variation is clinal (small in W to large in E & SE). Monotypic.
Central Ranges of New Guinea from Snow Mts (Nassau Range and Oranje Mts) E to Eastern Highlands (Mt Hagen, Mt Wilhelm, and Mt Giluwe and Kubor Range), and mountains of SE Peninsula.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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