Affinities uncertain; probably closest to T. cubensis. Phylogenetic analyses place it as either basal to remainder of Tyrannus or basal to monophyletic “E & W species group” (see T. vociferans). Races based mainly on insular distribution, and some authors have suggested that species might be better treated as monotypic. In contrast, recent study#R proposes that taylori and gabbii be treated as two distinct monotypic species, based on plumage, biometrics and vocalizations; differences from other taxa (themselves generally rather variable) herein considered probably insufficient for species-level recognition. Form flavescens weakly differentiated, and may be better included in nominate#R#R. Seven subspecies recognized.
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