Recent molecular analyses found this species to be sister to L. medius, the two forming a clade with L. mahrattensis#R. Larger birds in NW of range described as race incognitus, but size decreases clinally from W to E, and no grounds for naming of geographical races. Some variation in nape colour of females, but few details; further study required. Monotypic.
NC Pakistan (N Baluchistan), and W Himalayas from NE Afghanistan (Nuristan) E to N India and Nepal#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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