Lesson and Garnot, 1826,
Dorey, north-western New Guinea.
Sympatric with each species of Manucodia at different localities, but no cases of hybridization recorded. Races can be divided into four groups: “keraudrenii group”, “purpureoviolaceus group”, “hunsteini group” and “gouldii group”. Vocalizations appear to differ significantly among races, which are defined mainly by subtle but appreciable variation in gloss colour and intensity and in length of ornamental plumes on head and neck; comprehensive analysis of voice and plumage may lead to recognition of several species, with relatively large, dull hunsteini and small, green gouldii perhaps strongest candidates for splitting. Proposed race mayri (Wau, in NE New Guinea) included in purpureoviolaceus, but may prove to be distinct. Other proposed New Guinea races, now considered insufficiently differentiated#R, are aruensis (Aru Is) and diamondi (Okapa region, in Eastern Range), both synonymized with jamesii; and adelberti (Adelbert Mts, in NE), merged with neumanni. Birds of Mamberamo R area not yet assigned to any subspecies. Six subspecies currently recognized.
Also, unknown subspecies, Mamberamo R area.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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