Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. grammithorax, but differs in its all-black vs black-and-buff-barred breast to abdomen (3); stony-white vs rusty-buff barring and spotting on all areas of plumage, with white vs buff rump (2); dense black-and-white barring continuing around eyes rather than giving way to plain buffy lores and eyering (2); and in male slightly brighter red moustachial stripe (ns). Monotypic.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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