Northern variable pitohui

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Northern variable pitohui
Pitohui kirhocephalus at Naturalis.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Oriolidae
Genus: Pitohui
Species: P. kirhocephalus
Binomial name
Pitohui kirhocephalus
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827)
Synonyms
  • Lanius kirhocephalus

The northern variable pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus) is a species of pitohui in the family Oriolidae. It is found on New Guinea and a number of neighbouring islands. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is also one of the few known poisonous birds.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The northern variable pitohui was renamed from the variable pitohui in 2013 following the split of the Raja Ampat pitohui and the southern variable pitohui.[2]

Subspecies[edit]

Eleven subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • P. k. kirhocephalus - (Lesson & Garnot, 1827): Found on eastern Vogelkop (north-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. dohertyi - Rothschild & Hartert, 1903: Originally described as a separate species. Found in Wandammen area (north-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. rubiensis - (Meyer, AB, 1884): Originally described as a separate species. Found from head of Cenderawasih Bay to Triton Bay (western New Guinea)
  • P. k. brunneivertex - Rothschild, 1931: Found on eastern coast of Cenderawasih Bay (north-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. decipiens - (Salvadori, 1878): Originally described as a separate species. Found on the Onin Peninsula (south-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. adiensis - Mees, 1964: Found on Adi Island (off south-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. carolinae - Junge, 1952: Found in the Etna Bay region of south-western New Guinea
  • P. k. jobiensis - (Meyer, AB, 1874): Originally described as a separate species. Found on Kurudu Island and Yapen (off north-western New Guinea)
  • P. k. meyeri - Rothschild & Hartert, 1903: Originally described as a separate species. Found on the Mamberamo coast (northern New Guinea)
  • P. k. senex - Stresemann, 1922: Found in the upper Sepik region (northern New Guinea)
  • P. k. brunneicaudus - (Meyer, AB, 1891): Originally described as a separate species. Found in the lower Sepik region to Astrolabe Bay (northern New Guinea)

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pitohui kirhocephalus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T103691592A94024967. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103691592A94024967.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Species 3.1-3.5 « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  3. ^ "IOC World Bird List 7.1". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ioc.ml.7.1.