Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Previously placed in Picoides. Molecular analyses, however, indicate that this species belongs in present genus and is part of a clade which contains also V. spilogaster and V. lignarius#R. Genetically close to latter#R#R and may be conspecific, but mixtus differs in its smaller size (effect size for tail 4.15, score 2); higher and harsher long-distance trill call (allow 2); less streaked hindcrown (1); slightly more regular streaking on throat (1); less buffy-tinged underparts (1); and deeper black of plumage (ns); possible overlap of breeding ranges not well documented. Races intergrade, and malleator and berlepschi may be more appropriately lumped into nominate. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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