no locality = Ayala, Mindanao.
Part of the C. erithaca species-group. Forms basilanica (Basilan) and platenae (Mindanao) are synonyms of mindanensis; all three described in same year, with precise month of platenae disputed, but mindanensis generally considered to have priority. Hitherto considered conspecific with C. melanurus, but differs in its lack of blue neck patch (2); lack of blue starring on wing-coverts (2); strong lilac iridescence on head sides, mantle and back and as strong spangling from mid-crown to nape (2); dull rufous tips of wing-coverts and edges of secondaries (ns)#R; plus larger size, with effect size for wing vs intermediate-sized C. melanurus samarensis (n=6) 1.3 (score 1); nominate melanurus is notably smaller; a recent molecular study also found strong support for the sister relationship of mindanensis and a clade comprising C. m. melanurus and C. m. samarensis#R. Monotypic.
Mindanao and Basilan (S Philippines).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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