Babblers (Timaliidae)

Black-capped Illadopsis (Illadopsis cleaveri) - HBW 12, p. 187

French: Akalat à tête noire German: Augenbrauen-Buschdrossling Spanish: Tordina Capirotada
Other common names: Blackcap Thrush-babbler/Akalat/Illadopsis

Taxonomy: Drymocataphus cleaveri Shelley, 1874, Fanti region, Ghana.
Formerly placed in genus Trichastoma. May form a superspecies with I. albipectus; occasionally treated as conspecific, but plumages distinctive and ranges parapatric. Individuals of this species in Ivory Coast and SE Guinea not yet assigned to race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • johnsoni (Büttikofer, 1889) - E Sierra Leone and W Liberia.
  • cleaveri (Shelley, 1874) - Ghana.
  • marchanti Serle, 1956 - SE Benin and S Nigeria.

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  • johnsoni (Büttikofer, 1889) - E Sierra Leone and W Liberia.
  • cleaveri (Shelley, 1874) - Ghana.
  • marchanti Serle, 1956 - SE Benin and S Nigeria.
  • batesi (Sharpe, 1901) - SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau) and SW & S Cameroon E to SW Central African Republic, S to extreme W DRCongo.
  • poensis Bannerman, 1934 - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
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