G. R. Gray, 1861,
Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. obscura, along with M. rubrotincta and M. rubrobrunnea. Differs from M. obscura in reddish vs whitish wing fringes (2); lack of vague blackish throat-stripe (2); shade darker tail (1); notably smaller size (effect size for male tails −3.24, score 2). Differs from rubrotincta in its much paler, all-grey underparts (3); lack of red on upperparts save on wing fringes (3); and discernibly smaller size (mean male bill length 17.9 mm vs 19.6, but sample size for latter 4; allow 2). Differs from M. rubrobrunnea in its plain grey vs dark greyish-brown crown (clear-cut from nape) (3); lack of red in body plumage (4); and slightly smaller size (sample size for latter 2; ns). Two subspecies recognized.
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