Sometimes separated with other barred congeners in Centurus. Has been reckoned closest to M. aurifrons, and was formerly regarded by some as conspecific, but recent molecular phylogeny indicates that present species occupies a near-basal position in genus#R. Hybridizes with M. aurifrons in S Honduras (R Pespire) and with M. rubricapillus in C Costa Rica, producing numerous individuals with intermediate appearance (e.g. majority between Tárcoles and Quepos, in Costa Rica, have orange hindneck and belly). Monotypic.
Pacific slope from S Honduras and Nicaragua S to Costa Rica (S to Quepos, and on Caribbean slope to Turrialba).
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Status and conservation
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