Sydney region, New South Wales, Australia.
In past, sometimes considered to comprise two species, “flavescens group” in N parts of range and nominate and others in C & S. Geographical variation complex, and often clinal, races intergrading over wide areas, e.g. pale form ochrogaster may be part of a cline of yellower and less greyish coloration from S to N, as it intergrades extensively in W Western Australia with occidentalis; genetic work required. Extensive nature of intergradation has led to naming of numerous other races: stirlingi (SW Australia), cairnsi (subhumid highlands of NE Queensland), pallescens (drier parts of Queensland) and mallee (mallee areas of SW New South Wales, Victoria and adjacent South Australia) all now considered to be based on intermediates. Pallid form ochrogaster formerly listed as mathewsi, but that name was described from zone of intergradation between ochrogaster and flavescens. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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