This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.
Telophorus multicolor and T. nigrifrons (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) are retained as separate species within Telophorus contra (Dowsett and Forbes-Watson 1993) who include nigrifrons as a subspecies of multicolor in the genus Malaconotus. Examination of museum specimens confirmed sufficient consistent morphological differences to justify this treatment.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Malaconotus multicolor. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/12/2016.