J. R. Forster, 1781,
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.
Intergeneric hybridization recorded with Paradigalla carunculata, Parotia carolae, Parotia sefilata, Epimachus fastosus and Cicinnurus magnificus; also with congeneric L. magnifica. Subspecies groups based largely on plumage of females; further research required. Nominate race differs from others in its strikingly different voice (niedda unknown), while male lacks small black spots on green breast-plate and female is dark-headed (both characters shared by niedda), all suggesting that species limits may need to be changed; female minor, however, also dark-headed. Proposed race connectens (Dawong, in Herzog Mts) treated as synonym of latipennis. Proposed race sphinx, described on basis of one immature male (like minor but considerably larger, with more reddish-brown on upperparts, eyestripe less extensive, forehead and neck lacking white flecks), is of unknown origin; validity unproven. Form named “pseudoparotia” (based on single specimen from Hunstein Mts, in middle Sepik Mts) shown to be hybrid of present species and Parotia carolae. Five subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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