Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster) - HBW 12, p. 487

French: Miro à ventre citron German: Gelbbrustschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Limón
Other common names: Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied/Yellow-breasted Flycatcher/Flyrobin, Lemon-breasted Microeca/Flycatcher/Flycatcher-robin; Brown-tailed/Kimberley Flycatcher/Flyrobin (tormenti)

Taxonomy: Microeca flavigaster Gould, 1843, Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia.
Possibly closest to M. hemixantha, which is regarded by many as a brighter island representative of present species. Race tormenti formerly treated as a separate species, but allegedly intergrades with nominate on E boundary of range; in view of differences in plumage and habitat preferences between the two, however, taxonomic relationship between them merits reinvestigation. Proposed race terraereginae, described from Cairns, in N Queensland (Australia), is based on what is considered an indeterminate specimen that appears intermediate between populations to N and to S o.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Microeca flavigaster Gould, 1843, Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia.
Possibly closest to M. hemixantha, which is regarded by many as a brighter island representative of present species. Race tormenti formerly treated as a separate species, but allegedly intergrades with nominate on E boundary of range; in view of differences in plumage and habitat preferences between the two, however, taxonomic relationship between them merits reinvestigation. Proposed race terraereginae, described from Cairns, in N Queensland (Australia), is based on what is considered an indeterminate specimen that appears intermediate between populations to N and to S of it. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • laeta Salvadori, 1878 - N New Guinea: Wandammen, W coast of Geelvink Bay, Victor Emanuel Mts and Astrolabe Bay region.
  • tarara Rand, 1940 - coast of SW New Guinea (S from R Mimika to R Wassi Kussa).
  • flavissima Schodde & Mason, 1999 - SE New Guinea, islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula).

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  • laeta Salvadori, 1878 - N New Guinea: Wandammen, W coast of Geelvink Bay, Victor Emanuel Mts and Astrolabe Bay region.
  • tarara Rand, 1940 - coast of SW New Guinea (S from R Mimika to R Wassi Kussa).
  • flavissima Schodde & Mason, 1999 - SE New Guinea, islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula).
  • tormenti Mathews, 1916 - NW Australia: coastal N Western Australia (King Sound E to Napier Broome Bay).
  • flavigaster Gould, 1843 - NC Australia: N Northern Territory.
  • laetissima Rothschild, 1916 - NE Australia (Cairns district of NE Queensland).
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