Three subspecies currently recognized:
nelsoni, described as Eupherusa eximia nelsoni Ridgway 1910; type locality Motzorongo, Vera Cruz, Mexico
Occurs in southern Mexico in Veracruz and Oaxaca.
Similar to nominate eximia, but "larger, especially the bill; adult male with green of under parts more yellowish green, and black tip to inner web of two lateral rectrices (on each side) with line of demarcation against white of basal portion decidedly oblique and much less sharply defined" (Ridgway 1911: 396).
eximia, described as Ornismya eximia (DeLattre 1843); type locality Cobán, Guatemala
Occurs from southern Mexico (Chiapas) south to Nicaragua.
See Detailed Description.
egregia, described as Eupherusa egregia Sclater and Salvin 1868; type locality Castello and Calovevora, Panama
Occurs in Costa Rica and Panama.
Similar to nominate eximia, but "larger; adult male with outer webs of two outer rectrices (on each side) white (except terminally), edged with dusky; adult female with outermost rectrix wholly white, or with merely a dusky edging for terminal portion of outer web" (Ridgway 1911: 396).