Closely related to L. sclateri. Several geographical races have been described, namely chambanus (from Himachal Pradesh, in N India), males of which lack any white and have extensively green breast, mantoui (males with green replaced by purple) and obscura (males with body feathers mostly black, and gloss confined to wings); furthermore, females in E of range are richer rufous; individual variation in this species is, however, so great that naming of races seems unwise#R. Monotypic.
NE Afghanistan E along Himalayas to Bhutan and NE India, and N into S Tibet and NW Yunnan (S China)#R and NE Myanmar (around Putao).
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