Closely related to M. emiliana, M. tenuirostris, M. magna, M. amboinensis and M. phasianella, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; present species shares plumage characters with M. phasianella and M. magna, but also with M. unchall, and has been suggested to have originated from stock of this last species; species limits within group poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this whole complex. Birds of Andamans sometimes split as race andamanica, and those of Great Nicobar as tiwarii. Monotypic.
Andaman and Nicobar Is.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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