Probably closely related to C. lutetiae, C. bonapartei, C. eos and C. helianthea. Hitherto considered one of four subspecies of C. violifer, but differs from all others in having green frontlet set in dull green lores and forecrown vs differently coloured or plain frontlet set in velvety-black lores and forecrown (3); dark brown central tail feathers, with other rectrices pale rufous with very broad dark brown tips, forming highly distinctive pattern (3); vague, indistinct white line across breast each side of glittering green vs clear thin white line that halts glittering green in violifer and no line in other taxa (1); larger size (effect size for wing 3.76; score 2). Monotypic.
E slope of Andes of N & C Peru (S to Junín); relict population in W Peru (Lima).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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