Closely related to M. rufipennis, M. tenuirostris, M. magna, M. amboinensis and M. phasianella, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; various other combinations proposed, and present species has been listed as belonging within M. phasianella; species limits of group poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this whole complex. Vocal and morphological differences within present species, as constituted herein, suggest that more than one species may be involved. Race cinnamomea has been considered a full species, but this treatment requires full evaluation of all taxa within the currently arranged species, a task currently rendered problematic by very small sample sizes in both specimen and (to date) acoustic material. Seven subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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