Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus) - HBW 12, p. 579
French: Pycnoptile compagnon
Spanish: Acantiza Piloto
Taxonomy: Pycnoptilus floccosus Gould, 1851, Brindabella Ranges towards Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia.
Taxonomic placement unresolved; some features suggest a link with bristlebirds (Dasyornithidae), perhaps a result of convergence, but others fit present family, of which currently treated as an aberrant member. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- floccosus Gould, 1851 - Snowy Mts of New South Wales (from Brindabella Range S to Kosciusko escarpment), in SE Australia.
- sandlandi Mathews, 1912 - coastal New South Wales (S from Newcastle) and Victoria (E from Melbourne).
- Least Concern Enlarge map