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|Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia|
Taxonomy and systematics
This species is alternatively named the chestnut-headed bee eater but should not be confused with the species of that name (Merops leschenaulti).
Two subspecies are recognized:
- M. v. viridis - Linnaeus, 1758: Found from southern China to Indochina and the Greater Sundas
- Rufous-crowned bee-eater (M. v. americanus) - Statius Müller, PL, 1776: Considered by some authorities as a separate species. Found in the Philippines
- Collar, N.J. 2011. Species limits in some Philippine birds including the Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus. Forktail number 27: 29-38.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Merops viridis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- "Todies, motmots, bee-eaters, hoopoes, wood hoopoes, hornbills« IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2018-06-13.
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