J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
Manokwari, Cendrawasi, north-west New Guinea.
Form ingens previously treated as a separate species, but genetic analysis#R indicates that it is embedded in present species, wherein it sits at the large end of a size cline. Race robusta also formerly treated as a full species, but seems to fall within range of variation of present species. Birds of race timorlaoensis (Tanimbar Is) sometimes thought to be merely migrants of race hypoleuca#R; further study needed. Birds from N Moluccas sometimes separated as race melanolora, but not satisfactorily distinguishable from nominate. Australian races intergrade; proposed race stalkeri (E Australia) invalid, as refers to intergrade population in N & C Queensland, and therefore included in oriomo. Some recent authors#R have synonymized intermedia with nominate race and oriomo with angustifrons. When Lalage melaschistos placed in present genus, subspecies name intermedia becomes invalid as result of secondary homonymy; race intermedia then takes name rothschildi#R. Name angustifrons normally attributed to Sharpe, but Salvadori’s description dates to Oct 1876 and Sharpe’s to Dec 1876; although Salvadori credits the name to Sharpe, this does not fulfil Art. 50.1.1 of the ICZN Code, so Salvadori is the author; both descriptions are thin, but sufficient. Fifteen subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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