south Queensland, Australia.
Most closely allied to C. vitiensis. Belongs to a group of dark-coloured, iridescent Asian and Australasian forms, including C. janthina, †C. versicolor, †C. jouyi and C. vitiensis; C. pallidiceps may also be related. Long known as C. norfolciensis, based only on a dubious description; however, an 18th century watercolour “discovered” in 1953 showed that this name more probably applied to another bird that occurred on Norfolk I at that time, possibly Chalcophaps longirostris; the name is almost certainly unidentifiable, and has now been formally suppressed#R#R#R. Monotypic.
E Australia, from Cooktown (Queensland) to Eden (New South Wales) and less frequently SE Victoria, in coastal regions and adjacent highlands.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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