Closely related to M. rufipennis, M. emiliana, M. tenuirostris, M. amboinensis and M. phasianella, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; present species normally considered to be closest to M. amboinensis and M. phasianella; species limits poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this complex. Vocalizations of longa, magna and timorlaoensis have all been noted as distinct, and at least three species may be involved#R#R. Four subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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