A. B. Meyer, 1874,
Arfak Mountains, c. 3500 feet [c. 1065 m], Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Protein evidence indicates that closest allies are M. melanocephalus and M. leucopterus, the three constituting the “bicoloured group”; this relationship confirmed by DNA data#R, which further indicate that present species and M. melanocephalus are sisters. Distinctiveness of some females in races of present species, most notably lorentzi, suggests that more than one species may be involved#R; analysis of songs of all other races, however, reveals no clear difference, but lorentzi remains unsampled. Other proposed races are randi (Wissel Lakes region), included in aida; balim (upper Baliem R and upper Bele R areas) and dogwa (Merauke E to Fly R), both synonymized with lorentzi; and tappenbecki (Sepik R E to Astrolabe Bay) and mafulu (mountain grasslands in SE New Guinea), both included in naimii. Six subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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