Babblers (Timaliidae)

Black-lored Babbler (Turdoides melanops) - HBW 12, p. 221

French: Cratérope masqué German: Schwarzgesichtdrossling Spanish: Turdoide Enmascarado
Other common names: Black-faced Babbler

Taxonomy: Crateropus melanops Hartlaub, 1867, Damaraland, Namibia.
Formerly thought possibly to form a superspecies, and even perhaps to be conspecific, with T. tenebrosa and T. reinwardtii. Alternatively suggested as part of a superspecies with T. sharpei, T. leucopygia and T. hartlaubii. Often treated as conspecific with T. sharpei. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • angolensis A. A. da R. Pinto, 1967 - SW Angola (Huíla, E Namibe).
  • melanops (Hartlaub, 1867) - S Angola and N Namibia.
  • querula Clancey, 1979 - SE Angola, NW Botswana and NE Namibia (Caprivi), also, disjunctly, extreme W Zimbabwe.

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