Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata) - HBW 11, p. 199

French: Pririt à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis-carunculado Gorginegro
Other common names: Wattle-eyed Flycatcher

Taxonomy: Platystira peltata Sundevall, 1850, Umlalazi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Traditionally, all members of genus treated as a superspecies, but untenable on grounds of geographical overlap and morphological characters. Present species better treated as forming a superspecies with P. laticincta; often considered conspecific, but latter is geographically and ecologically isolated in montane habitat and shows noteworthy plumage differences. Race mentalis intergrades with nominate in E Zambia and S Malawi. Proposed race jacksoni (from Kenya) considered synonymous with mentalis; brevipennis (from Tanzania) merged with cryptoleuca. .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Platystira peltata Sundevall, 1850, Umlalazi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Traditionally, all members of genus treated as a superspecies, but untenable on grounds of geographical overlap and morphological characters. Present species better treated as forming a superspecies with P. laticincta; often considered conspecific, but latter is geographically and ecologically isolated in montane habitat and shows noteworthy plumage differences. Race mentalis intergrades with nominate in E Zambia and S Malawi. Proposed race jacksoni (from Kenya) considered synonymous with mentalis; brevipennis (from Tanzania) merged with cryptoleuca. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mentalis Bocage, 1878 - W Kenya (W of Rift), Uganda, Burundi and W Tanzania S to Malawi, and SW through SE DRCongo (Kasai, Katanga, one record S Kivu) and Zambia to N & C Angola.
  • cryptoleuca Oberholser, 1905 - S Somalia (R Juba), and E Kenya (E of Rift) S, including Mafia I, to Mozambique (N of R Zambezi).
  • peltata Sundevall, 1850 - NE Zambia, Malawi and N & E Zimbabwe, and coastal lowlands from R Zambezi, S to E South Africa (S to Durban; isolated inland record in Northern Province).

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