Four subspecies recognized:
diluta van Rossem 1938; type locality Santiago, Nayarit, Mexico
Occurs in northwestern Mexico in Sinaloa and Nayarit. Perhaps not valid, as it intergrades with nominate rutila (Weller 1999).
Similar to nominate rutila, but "coloration below paler and more pinkish (less reddish) cinnamon, and upper parts slightly more golden (less greenish) bronze" (van Rossem 1938: 227).
rutila (DeLattre 1842); type locality Acapulco Guerrero, Mexico
Occurs from western and southern Mexico from Jalisco and Yucatán south to Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica.
See Detailed Description.
corallirostris (Bourcier and Mulsant 1846); type locality Escuintla, Guatemala
Occurs on the Pacific slope in Chiapas Mexico, south to the Lempa River, El Salvador; or includes the populations from the Yucatán south to Costa Rica, usually attributed to nominate rutila (Weller 1999).
Similar to nominate rutila, "but much more deeply colored, the under parts deep cinnamon-rufous, the tail chestnut, and green or bronze of back, etc., deeper and brighter" (Ridgway 1911).
graysoni Lawrence 1866; type locality Tres Marias Islands, Mexico
Restricted to Maria Madre Island, Tres Marias Islands, off the west coast of Mexico.
Similar to nominate rutila, "but darker, throughout, and much larger" (Ridgway 1911).