Thrushes (Turdidae)

Black Scrub-robin (Cercotrichas podobe) - HBW 10, p. 762

French: Agrobate podobé German: Rußheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola Negro
Other common names: Black Bush-robin, Black Bush-chat

Taxonomy: Turdus podobe Statius Muller, 1776, Senegal.
Differs from Erythropygia in generally larger size and distinctively black plumage. Race melanoptera apparently intergrades with nominate in W Arabia, where sample of museum skins revealed 25% showing traces of rufous in wing. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • podobe (Statius Muller, 1776) - S Mauritania and N Senegal E to NE Sudan, N Ethiopia and W Arabia; non-breeding also N Somalia.
  • melanoptera (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - W, C & S Arabian Peninsula.

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