Babblers (Timaliidae)

Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii) - HBW 12, p. 223

French: Cratérope fléché German: Braundrossling Spanish: Turdoide de Jardine
Other common names: Arrow/Jardine’s Babbler

Taxonomy: Crateropus Jardineii A. Smith, 1836, banks of rivers beyond Kurrichane, north-western Transvaal, South Africa.
Considered to form a superspecies with T. plebejus and T. leucocephala; sometimes treated as conspecific with latter. Race convergens sometimes subsumed in nominate. Proposed race kikuyuensis (SW Kenya and adjacent N Tanzania) merged with emini, and natalensis (S Mozambique S to Lesotho) included in nominate. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hyposticta (Cabanis & Reichenow, 1877) - S Gabon, S PRCongo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
  • emini (Neumann, 1904) - SW & S Uganda and SW Kenya S to E DRCongo and NW & N Tanzania.
  • tanganjicae (Reichenow, 1886) - SE DRCongo and NC & NE Zambia.

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  • hyposticta (Cabanis & Reichenow, 1877) - S Gabon, S PRCongo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
  • emini (Neumann, 1904) - SW & S Uganda and SW Kenya S to E DRCongo and NW & N Tanzania.
  • tanganjicae (Reichenow, 1886) - SE DRCongo and NC & NE Zambia.
  • kirkii (Sharpe, 1876) - SE Kenya, C, E & SE Tanzania, NE (E part) Zambia, Malawi and N & C Mozambique.
  • tamalakanei Meyer de Schauensee, 1932 - WC & S Angola E to extreme SW Zambia, NE Namibia and N Botswana.
  • convergens Clancey, 1958 - N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe (except far N), C Mozambique and coastal NE South Africa.
  • jardineii (A. Smith, 1836) - SE Botswana E to S Mozambique, S to N & NE South Africa, Swaziland and NE Lesotho.