Previously thought to be closely related to T. hartlaubi, but this not supported in phylogenetic study#R. Race donaldsoni said to be “found east of the Rift Valley in the… Bale mountains, where… at least it is found alongside nominate leucotis supporting the view for its specific separation”#R. It has elongate feathers of hindcrown dull reddish-brown, rather than the dull blackish-blue of nominate, on which this colour starts earlier on the mid-crown so that most of crown looks indigo, rather than green and then maroon (score 3); otherwise very similar. Clarification needed as to whether the two co-occur or are parapatric in Bale Mts. A score of 3 for parapatry and 3 for crown colour would mean that any small vocal difference would be sufficient to establish the split. Nominate race has hybridized in the wild with T. ruspolii#R. Two subspecies recognized.
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