This species and C. merlini (with C. bahamensis), C. vetula and C. vieilloti were previously placed together in Saurothera, but recent molecular analysis found that genus to be embedded within Coccyzus#R. Has been considered conspecific with C. vetula and C. vieilloti. Race petersi is distinctive, having whitish vs pale rufous throat, being paler grey above and on breast, and having paler rufous lower underparts; petersi may be longer-billed and longer-tailed, and one source#R gives nominate tail means of 205 (males) and 210 (females) vs petersi 221 and 223. Population of Saona I has sometimes been separated as race saonae. Two subspecies recognized.
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