Relationship with African congeners unknown. Formerly treated as a polytypic species, including M. affinis, M. erythrocephala and M. microptera, but differs from all these in vocalizations, song-flight, other aspects of behaviour and habitat choice. Probably hybridizes with M. affinis over a limited area in NE India#R. Mitochondrial DNA data suggest “M. assamica complex” is non-monophyletic, since M. erythroptera is nested within this group, and also that the various taxa diverged a considerably longer time ago than is indicated by the rather small morphological differences (pairwise genetic divergences in the cytochrome b gene 11.7–15.1%). More distantly related to M. javanica. Monotypic.
N India and S Nepal E to Bhutan, Bangladesh and extreme W Myanmar.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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