West Africa; error = Shewa, southern Ethiopia.
Often placed with D. goertae and D. griseocephalus in a separate genus Mesopicos, sometimes also including D. elliotii (with D. johnstoni); hybridizes with the first two where ranges meet. Often treated as conspecific with D. goertae, but differs in its mid-grey vs whitish-grey forehead, head sides, breast and flanks (2); large crimson vs small orange or scarlet belly patch (2); little or no white barring on primaries, wing-coverts and undertail (2); more golden back (ns); and hybridization zone where ranges meet (at least 1). Two subspecies recognized.
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