Monotypic. Formerly considered a subspecies of Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis and sometimes Pomatorhinus erythrogenys. Now treated as a separate species following Collar, N. J. (2006) A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22: 85-112.
Distribution: E Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, N Cachar (S Assam), NE & SE Bangladesh Hills, W Myanmar