In the past was commonly included in present genus, but more recently has been placed in a monotypic sister-genus Reinwardtipicus, mainly on grounds of significant differences in plumage colours, behaviour and vocalizations; the latest molecular analyses#R, however, indicate that this species is genetically so close to Chrysocolaptes that it is better included within it. Races weakly differentiated, with much overlap in features. Two subspecies recognized.
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Status and conservation
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