Sometimes placed in a separate genus Tripsurus, along with M. cruentatus, M. chrysauchen, M. pulcher and M. pucherani. Thought to be closest to M. cruentatus. Birds from E & S of range, generally much darker below than NW populations, are sometimes separated as race rubriventris, but considerable variation exists throughout species’ entire range; recognition of geographical races considered unwarranted. Monotypic.
E & SE Brazil from Bahia and Goiás S to SE Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Sul, E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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