“New Holland” = Port Jackson region, New South Wales, Australia.
Modern resistance to traditional treatment of race xanthopyge as a separate species based on (a) intergradation with nominate in SE Australia and (b) presence in geographically outlying race millitaris of characters bridging the two#R. Intergradation not being an obstacle to the Tobias criteria, however, xanthopyge scores highly against nominate and millitaris on basis of yellow vs rusty rump (3), with accompanying purer yellow on breast (no score) and paler, greyer or whiter tone to spotting above and lower underparts (1), plus wide zone of hybridization (1); moreover, minor differences in song vs nominate (fewer notes at higher pitch) may exist and need verification, although generally the taxa are vocally very similar#R. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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