Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

White-faced Robin (Tregellasia leucops) - HBW 12, p. 473

French: Miro à face blanche German: Weißgesichtschnäpper Spanish: Petroica Cariblanca
Other common names: Little/White-throated Robin, White-faced Yellow Robin, White-faced ­Flycatcher(-robin)

Taxonomy: Leucophantes leucops Salvadori, 1876, Arfak Mountains, Vogelkop, New Guinea.
Precise relationship of present genus with Eopsaltria uncertain; subsumed unto that genus by some earlier authors, but most recent authors maintain two separate genera. Population of Farfak Mts belongs to leucops-mayri-nigroorbitalis group, but precise subspecific identity has not yet been determined; likewise, populations on Yapen I and in Foja Mts belong to heurni-nigriceps-melanogenys group, but subspecific identity yet to be determined; each indeterminate population may represent a new taxon. Ten subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leucops (Salvadori, 1876) - Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts) and Bomberai (Kumawa Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • mayri (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) - Wandammen Mts and adjacent part of Weyland Mts, in W New Guinea.
  • nigroorbitalis (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1913) - WC New Guinea (S slopes of Nassau Mts and Oranje Mts).

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  • leucops (Salvadori, 1876) - Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts) and Bomberai (Kumawa Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • mayri (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) - Wandammen Mts and adjacent part of Weyland Mts, in W New Guinea.
  • nigroorbitalis (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1913) - WC New Guinea (S slopes of Nassau Mts and Oranje Mts).
  • heurni (E. J. O. Hartert, 1932) - WC New Guinea (Weyland Mts, mountains on upper R Mamberamo).
  • nigriceps (Neumann, 1922) - C New Guinea (S slopes of E Oranje Mts, Victor Emanuel Mts).
  • melanogenys (A. B. Meyer, 1893) - N & NE New Guinea (Cyclops Mts E to R Aicora).
  • wahgiensis Mayr & Gilliard, 1952 - EC New Guinea (Kubor Range, Wahgi Mts and R Aroa area).
  • auricularis (Mayr & Rand, 1935) - Wuroi, on R Oriomo, in S New Guinea.
  • albifacies (Sharpe, 1882) - mountains of SE New Guinea (E from Hydrographers Mts in N, and inland from Port Moresby in S).
  • albigularis (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) - N Queensland (NE Cape York Peninsula), in N Australia.
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