Hitherto considered conspecific with D. psarodes, but Sri Lankan race (jaffnense) of present species differs from neighbouring psarodes on account of golden-yellow back shading to dull yellow on wings vs shining scarlet central upperparts shading to dull red (3); presence of black on carpal (1); overall shorter bill, shorter wing and notably shorter tail (2); less screechy voice (allow 1); narrow hybrid zone in NC Sri Lanka#R. Clinal decrease in size and variation in colour from N to S, and considerable individual variation, together with intergrading of populations, all combine to make racial delimitation difficult; forms tehminae and jaffnense provisionally recognized here, but both perhaps more appropriately included in puncticolle. Five subspecies currently recognized.
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