Until recently considered a race of C. lepidus (which see), but molecular analysis suggests species status#R and this is supported by morphological evidence: present species differs from (morphologically and geographically closest) C. cajeli in its royal-blue vs pale turquoise crown spots and wing-covert spots, with pale turquoise vs silvery-blue dorsum (3), royal-blue-spotted vs all-black malar area (2), and much richer orange-rufous vs rufous-buff lores, ear-covert patch and underparts (2); it differs from C. lepidus in its sparser, narrower royal-blue crown spots and paler dorsum (2), greatly reduced extent of spotting on wings, rendering them mostly black (2), orange-buff vs whitish-buff ear-covert patch (2), longer wing (n=3, but these longer than in cajeli; see below) (at least 1). Monotypic.
Sula Is (Seho, Taliabu, Mangole, Sanana).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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