P. L. Sclater, 1883,
Lutu and Kirimun, Tanimbar Islands.
Formerly included in M. freycinet, and subsequently in M. reinwardt, but recently split#R#R. Differs from M. reinwardt in lack of pronounced crest (2), proportionately shorter tail despite same foot dimensions (2), paler coloration (2), and no chestnut tinge to rump and tail (2). Similar in proportions to both M. cumingii and M. freycinet#R, but differs from latter in pale grey-brown rather than blackish plumage (3), blackish-red vs blackish-green or blackish-yellow legs (2), and longer wing than the longest-winged form of M. freycinet#R (2). Molecular studies, however, indicate close relationship to geographically distant M. cumingii#R, suggesting a relict distribution. Monotypic.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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