Has been considered conspecific with C. ocellatus. Here separated also from C. sallei on account of white vs bronzy-chestnut lower flank spots (3), narrow buff long streaks vs rather broad bronzy-brown streaks and broad vs narrow black bars on wing-coverts (2), white spots on upper breast sides and flanks larger, brighter and on darker grey (2), and darker chestnut mid-breast to belly (ns); differs from ocellatus in white, not pale tan, spots on upper breast sides and flanks (2), chestnut vs buff-tan top to central stripe down underparts (3), and black-edged pale tan streaks vs rich chestnut long streaks on lower upperparts. Proposed race morio (from SE Sonora) subsumed within nominate montezumae. Three subspecies recognized.
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