Woodswallows (Artamidae)

Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus) - HBW 14, p. 307

French: Langrayen gris German: Schwarzgesicht-Schwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo Carinegro
Other common names: Grey/Grey-breasted/White-bellied Woodswallow; White-vented Woodswallow (normani, dealbatus)

Taxonomy: Artamus cinereus Vieillot, 1817, Timor; error = south coast of Western Australia opposite Archipelago of the Recherche.
Race name dealbatus is a replacement for hypoleucus (itself a new name for albiventris, which preoccupied), since type specimen of hypoleucus is from an intergrade population. Geographical variation rather complex and not fully understood; races intergrade extensively where they meet, e.g. nominate race intergrading with melanops over very wide area across SW of species' range; further study desirable. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perspicillatus Bonaparte, 1850 - Timor, Leti and Sermata Is, in E Lesser Sundas.
  • melanops Gould, 1865 - N, C & inland SE Australia.
  • cinereus Vieillot, 1817 - SW Australia.

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  • perspicillatus Bonaparte, 1850 - Timor, Leti and Sermata Is, in E Lesser Sundas.
  • melanops Gould, 1865 - N, C & inland SE Australia.
  • cinereus Vieillot, 1817 - SW Australia.
  • normani ( Mathews, 1923) - SC New Guinea and NE Australia (C & S Cape York Peninsula, and inland NE Queensland).
  • dealbatus Schodde & Mason, 1999 - EC Queensland.
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