Genetic data#R indicate that this species is closest to C. hellmayri and C. subcristata, the three forming a group which is sister to C. demissa. Plumage differences of proposed races pallidiceps (Ceará), described as paler throughout, and goyana (S Goiás), said to have darker crown and auriculars and more conspicuous supercilium, apparently represent individual variation. Monotypic.
E Brazil from Ceará and Alagoas S to S Goiás, extreme N Minas Gerais and Bahia.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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