Traditionally regarded as a member of the C. aeruginosus species-group (which see). Differs from C. aeruginosus in some aspects of plumage and morphology, probably in breeding behaviour and display, and in lack of pronounced sexual plumage dimorphism. Birds of E & C Africa sometimes placed in separate race, aequatorialis, on grounds of smaller size, but validity very doubtful. Monotypic.
DRCongo (mainly in E), South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya S to S South Africa; recorded NE to Ethiopia and Somalia.
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