Sometimes separated with other barred congeners in Centurus. Closely related to M. pygmaeus, and sometimes treated as conspecific, but see above. Hybridizes with M. hoffmannii in C Costa Rica. Rather variable; population of SW Costa Rica, described as race costaricensis, now considered indistinguishable from nominate; relatively large and dark birds from Margarita I, NE Venezuela and Tobago named as race terricolor, but identical individuals occur in other parts of species’ range. In addition, race paraguanae may be invalid, as some individuals in E parts of range exhibit similar characteristics. Name wagleri, originally applied to birds from Panama, is junior synonym of rubricapillus. Four subspecies recognized.
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