J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
“in America australi”; error = Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
Geographical variation in plumage patterning complex, and has led to various taxonomic treatments. At times, nominate race, substriatus and ornatus treated as three separate species, with N races uropygialis, melvillensis and melanocephalus combined as a fourth species; further, uropygialis has sometimes been proposed as a separate species on its own. Treatment of all races as representatives of a single variable species now considered more appropriate, as substantial evidence exists of interbreeding and intermediates where races come into contact; moreover, differences among taxa, while marked, are not sufficiently strong to separate one from all others. Other proposed races include bowensis (CE Queensland) and barroni (Cairns, N Queensland), included in melanocephalus; and restrictus (Jardine R, in N Queensland), included in uropygialis. Six subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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