Black-lored Babbler (Turdoides melanops) - HBW 12, p. 221
French: Cratérope masqué
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.
- Least Concern
- No sound recordings available yet