Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus) - HBW 14, p. 400

French: Jardinier prince-régent German: Gelbnacken-Laubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero Regente
Other common names: Australian Regent Bowerbird, (Australian) Regentbird, Golden Regent(bird)

Taxonomy: Meliphaga chrysocephala Lewin, 1808, Patterson's River [= Hunter River], New South Wales, Australia.
May form a superspecies with S. aureus, S. ardens and S. bakeri. Two documented cases of hybridization with Ptilonorhynchus violaceus. Birds from Blackall Range (SE Queensland) proposed as race rothschildi on basis of supposedly richer orange crown of male, but studies indicate no constant geographical difference in this character. Monotypic.

Distribution: Coastal zone of CE Australia from E Queensland (Connors and Clarke Ranges, on Eungella Plateau) S, with distributional gap about Fitzroy R valley inland of Rockhampton, to E New South Wales (to area immediately N of Sydney).

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