A. O. Hume, 1874,
Chiklik, above Kokyar, western Kunlun, Chinese Turkestan.
Until recently considered conspecific with C. synoicus, but differs genetically#R and by its larger size, with notably longer tail (effect size of race beicki 3.6, of race salimalii 4.72, but n=9 in latter case; score 2); pale brown vs pink hindcrown and neck sides and pale brown vs pinkish mantle and back (3); less extensive pinkish-red below (1); no slight dark streaks on mantle and back in female (1). Three subspecies recognized.
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