Formerly placed in Mirafra, but genetic evidence situates it in present genus. Often treated as conspecific with disjunct C. africanoides, and indeed plumage differences#R and genetic distance#R both relatively small; further study may well support lumping. Nominate race commonly described as “very distinctive” and perhaps a “different species” (e.g. HBW), but in reality race macdonaldi, treated as a synonym of intercedens in HBW, is intermediate in plumage and hard to tell from the type of alopex (in NHMUK). Proposed race longonotensis (E Uganda, W Kenya) included in intercedens. Three subspecies recognized.
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