Has been considered conspecific with M. stolidus, and genetic differentiation negligible#R; but vocally the two are distinctive, with differences in length and frequency range of primary daytime call#R. Phylogenetic analysis of mtDNA found nominate race to be more closely related to nominate race of M. stolidus, with race dominicensis of latter as sister to race lucaysiensis of present species; interestingly, dawn song of nominate M. stolidus is similar to that of both races of present species. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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