Sometimes placed in a separate genus Tripsurus, along with M. cruentatus, M. flavifrons and M. pucherani, and including M. pulcher, with which usually considered conspecific. Differs from pulcher, however, in crown of male distinctly unlike latter’s owing to yellow (not whitish) frons, less extensive red on mid-crown (not covering nape) and this red not so deep a shade (more flame than scarlet) (3); lower breast in both sexes plain (barring of upper flanks not extending across lower breast) (2); crown of female very different owing to yellow (not whitish) frons, larger area of this coloration on frons, much less broad and less rich black mid-crown (both at front edge and at back edge), with broader coloration on nape, which is mostly yellow as frons (flame-red with yellow lower fringe in pulcher) (3); dusky-black wings of female (blacker in chrysauchen) (ns). Monotypic.
SW Costa Rica to W Panama.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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