Thrushes (Turdidae)

African Thrush (Turdus pelios) - HBW 10, p. 657

French: Merle africain German: Afrikadrossel Spanish: Zorzal Africano
Other common names: West African Thrush (W races); Cameroon Mountain Thrush (nigrilorum); Fernando Po Thrush (poensis)

Taxonomy: Turdus pelios Bonaparte, 1850, Fazughli, Sudan.
Taxonomy complex and not fully understood. Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. tephronotus and T. libonyanus. Races chinguancoides, nigrilorum, poensis and centralis have in the past been treated as races of T. olivaceus, and the first two along with saturatus have sometimes been placed with T. libonyanus; bocagei, graueri and stormsi have also been placed with T. olivaceus. Situation still not adequately resolved; further research required. Proposed race adamauae (N Cameroon) conside.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Turdus pelios Bonaparte, 1850, Fazughli, Sudan.
Taxonomy complex and not fully understood. Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. tephronotus and T. libonyanus. Races chinguancoides, nigrilorum, poensis and centralis have in the past been treated as races of T. olivaceus, and the first two along with saturatus have sometimes been placed with T. libonyanus; bocagei, graueri and stormsi have also been placed with T. olivaceus. Situation still not adequately resolved; further research required. Proposed race adamauae (N Cameroon) considered indistinguishable from nominate, and williami (N Zambia) merged with stormsi. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • chiguancoides Seebohm, 1881 - Senegal E to N Ghana.
  • saturatus (Cabanis, 1882) - W Ghana E to C Cameroon, W PRCongo and Gabon.
  • nigrilorum Reichenow, 1892 - Mt Cameroon (Cameroon).

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  • chiguancoides Seebohm, 1881 - Senegal E to N Ghana.
  • saturatus (Cabanis, 1882) - W Ghana E to C Cameroon, W PRCongo and Gabon.
  • nigrilorum Reichenow, 1892 - Mt Cameroon (Cameroon).
  • poensis Alexander, 1903 - Bioko (Fernando Póo).
  • pelios Bonaparte, 1850 - E Cameroon E to Sudan, W Eritrea and W, C & E Ethiopia.
  • centralis Reichenow, 1905 - E PRCongo and S Central African Republic E to S Ethiopia, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
  • bocagei (Cabanis, 1882) - W DRCongo and NW & W Angola.
  • graueri Neumann, 1908 - E DRCongo, Burundi, Rwanda and W Tanzania.
  • stormsi Hartlaub, 1886 - SE DRCongo, E Angola and N Zambia.