Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Lesser Ground-robin (Amalocichla incerta) - HBW 12, p. 467

French: Petite Pseudobrève German: Kleine Pittadrossel Spanish: Petroica Terrestre Chica
Other common names: Lesser New Guinea Thrush, Rusty Velvet-thrush, Dubious False-thrush

Taxonomy: Eupetes incertus Salvadori, 1876, Mount Arfak, New Guinea.
Relationships of genus uncertain; formerly placed with thrushes (Turdidae), and possibly does not belong with present family. Birds from Huon Peninsula usually assigned to race brevicauda, but may be closer to olivascentior. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • incerta (Salvadori, 1876) - Arfak Mts, in NW New Guinea.
  • olivascentior E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 - C North Coastal Range (Torricelli Mts) and mountains of C New Guinea E to Mt Karimui and perhaps to Aseki area of Morobe Province.
  • brevicauda (De Vis, 1894) - mountains of Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea.

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