Three subspecies recognized:
torquata (Wied 1831); type locality Campo Geral of inner Brazil = campos on the Baía-Minas Gerais border (Peters 1951)
Occurs in the interior of northeastern Brazil (southern Piauí and western Bahia).
See Detailed Description.
rufescens (Hellmayr 1924; type locality Irisanga, São Paulo, Brazil
Occurs in central Brazil and in northeastern Paraguay.
Very similar to nominate torquata; reportedly differs by having the crown rufous brown, rather than grayish brown.
bitorquata (d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye 1837): type locality Chiquitos, Bolivia (Peters 1951)
Occurs in eastern Bolivia.
"Differs very decidedly" from the two other subspecies (Cory and Hellmayr 1924). The upper parts are olive brown, and the rectrices are brown (less rufescent). The fore edge of the rufous nuchal is bordered with a narrow black collar, streaked with white, and the rufous of the nuchal collar is deeper in color. The color of the underparts also is deeper, ochraceous rather than buff (Cory and Hellmayr 1924, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003). In some respects this taxon is more similar to Melanopareia maximiliani (Olive-crowned Crescentchest) than to the other subspecies of torquata, but shares the rufous nuchal color of torquata and rufescens (Cory and Hellmayr 1924).