Babblers (Timaliidae)

Bare-eyed Babbler (Turdoides aylmeri) - HBW 12, p. 219

French: Cratérope d’Aylmer German: Schuppenbrustdrossling Spanish: Turdoide de Aylmer
Other common names: (Pale-billed) Scaly Babbler, Scaly Chatterer

Taxonomy: Argya aylmeri Shelley, 1885, Somalia.
Races boranensis, keniana and mentalis are all very similar, each exhibiting apparent colour variation; taxonomic reassessment perhaps warranted. Proposed race loveridgei (SE Kenya and extreme NE Tanzania) considered synonymous with keniana. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • aylmeri (Shelley, 1885) - Somalia and SE Ethiopia.
  • boranensis (Benson, 1947) - S Ethiopia and N Kenya.
  • keniana (F. J. Jackson, 1910) - C & S Kenya and immediately adjacent NE Tanzania.
  • mentalis (Reichenow, 1887) - NE & EC Tanzania.