DeLattre and Bourcier, 1846,
vicinity of Popayán, Colombia.
Thought to be closely related to M. baroni, M. odomae, M. theresiae, M. eupogon and M. aeneocauda; recently recorded as occurring sympatrically with M. odomae in Podocarpus National Park (S Ecuador); also recently found to be sympatric with M. baroni at R Mazán in Azuay (S Ecuador), although altitudinally segregated, occurring at lower elevations. Some authors have considered the races to constitute four distinct species; evaluation against the criteria used herein does not, however, result in new revision of species limits on present evidence. Races primolina and atrigularis said to form a zone of intergradation in C Ecuador (Chimborazo), yet atrigularis was suggested as a possible full species precisely because it approaches primolina closely without intergradation#R; genetic data suggest primolina is closer to M. odomae or M. phoebe than to atrigularisR. Subspecies name primolina sometimes misspelt as primolinus, but author’s original spelling as primolinus (and not “primolius”) indicates use of an adjectival word (it is based on name of Prince Primoli, grandson of C. L. Bonaparte)#R. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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