New Holland = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Possibly the most divergent member of genus; coloration, proportionately long and pointed wings, short tail and strong feet are all adaptations to its relatively dry woodland habitat. Wide individual and sexual, as well as geographical, variation in coloration and size led to naming of numerous races in past; proposed races lilae (Groote Eylandt) and gouldi (NE Australia) included in phalaenoides, while cornwalli (E Queensland), victoriae (SC Australia) and cuvieri (Tasmania) all now lumped into nominate; much of variation now known to be clinal, resulting in various recent treatments reducing number of valid races to five, three, two or none, but detailed studies now indicate that three should be accepted#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.
A single unconfirmed sight record (subspecies uncertain) from near Morehead, in CS New Guinea.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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