Mahé, Malabar, India.
Until recently considered conspecific with K. albiventris. Race stricklandii (together with barbouri) commonly treated as a separate species, but differs by a single major character, intergrades with suavis over a zone almost 300 km wide and genetic divergence is concordant with that shown by taxa usually treated as subspecies at this locus#R; barbouri sometimes also accorded species status, as well as melanura (with races hypoliza, opisthochra and mirabilis) and sometimes even nigricauda#R; comprehensive integrative review of all taxa required. Additional described races based on minor differences and small sample sizes: indica (Nepal E to N Indochina), pellogyna (SE Myanmar, peninsular Thailand) and minor (Hainan) regarded as synonyms of interposita; mallopercna (W Malaysia), eumesa (Natuna Is) and ochroptila (Anamba Is) as synonyms of tricolor; javana (W & C Java) as synonym of omissa; and opisthopela (Batu Is) and opisthisa (Banyak Is) as synonyms of melanura. It seems rather improbable that characters of macroura will prove constant, in which case this name would apply to all populations currently placed in interposita. Fourteen subspecies recognized.
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Status and conservation
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