Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. chalybeus and L. pavoninus, in a separate genus, Polemistria. Hitherto considered conspecific with L. chalybeus, but differs on account of elongate crest feathers (3), all-dark sooty vs whitish-flecked breast and underparts (2), and purple-bronzy vs yellowish-bronzy central rectrices (2). Described form L. insignibarbis, known from a single Bogotá trade skin and sometimes awarded monospecific genus Lithiophanes, may be a hybrid of L. verreauxii and L. stictolophus, although apparently characters do not fit precisely with either. Two subspecies recognized.
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