Usually treated as conspecific with M. cyanophrys and M. orientalis, but has very long, narrow vs mid-long, less narrow central tail feathers (effect size against next longest, orientalis, 2.85, score 2); distinct apple-green vs strongly turquoise-blue tinged throat and underparts (2); yellower-green vs bluish-green uppertail (1); bronzy-buff vs (buffy-)green primaries and secondaries (2). Birds from NE Chad E to Red Sea coast of Sudan sometimes separated as race flavoviridis, but detected differences in throat colour might be the result of plumage being very fresh or worn. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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