Santa Elena, Antioquia, Colombia.
Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. ornatus, but differs in its yellow vs white around eye (3); much reduced area of yellow on forehead to mid-crown (2); shade richer yellow in general, notably on forehead (1); typically shorter song, < 5 s vs > 5 s (1). Possibly more closely related to (and perhaps conspecific with) M. melanocephalus than to M. ornatus, but this seems unsupported by recent study of phylogeny of genus, except finding that M. m. ruficoronatus is potentially better included in M. ornatus#R. In zone of potential range overlap (SW Colombia and NW Ecuador) individuals intermediate in head pattern between present species and M. m. ruficoronatus were originally considered variants of ruficoronatus, but may be hybrids or an undescribed race of one or other species; recent record of pair of apparently phenotypically pure chrysops from this area lends weight to hybrid theory. Monotypic.
W & C Andes and S part of E Andes of C & S Colombia (Antioquia S to Cauca and Huila).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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