Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Blissett's Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia blissetti) - HBW 11, p. 197

French: Pririt de Blissett German: Glanzlappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis-carunculado de Blissett
Other common names: Red-cheeked Wattle-eye (nominate); Black-necked/Reichenow’s Wattle-eye (chalybea); Jameson’s Wattle-eye (jamesoni)

Taxonomy: Diaphorophyia Blissetti Sharpe, 1872, Wassaw, Ghana.
Closest to D. concreta; black-breasted morph of Angolan race ansorgei of latter suspected of being hybrid between the two. Races of present species sometimes considered to represent three separate species forming a superspecies. W nominate race and E jamesoni are well separated geographically, but are very similar morphologically and acoustically; chalybea seemingly somewhat outstanding morphologically because of its yellow underparts (adult, although all juveniles are very similar), but is situated geographically between the other two, and is parapatric to nominate.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Diaphorophyia Blissetti Sharpe, 1872, Wassaw, Ghana.
Closest to D. concreta; black-breasted morph of Angolan race ansorgei of latter suspected of being hybrid between the two. Races of present species sometimes considered to represent three separate species forming a superspecies. W nominate race and E jamesoni are well separated geographically, but are very similar morphologically and acoustically; chalybea seemingly somewhat outstanding morphologically because of its yellow underparts (adult, although all juveniles are very similar), but is situated geographically between the other two, and is parapatric to nominate, from which altitudinally segregated in vicinity of Mt Cameroon; more detailed study needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • blissetti Sharpe, 1872 - patchily in forests from Sierra Leone and Guinea E to W Cameroon (E to Mt Cameroon).
  • chalybea Reichenow, 1897 - Bioko I (Fernando Póo); Cameroon (E from Mt Kupé and Rumpi Hills, near Mt Cameroon) S to N Gabon; W Angola (near Gabela, in Cuanza Sul).
  • jamesoni Sharpe, 1890 - E DRCongo (Uele, Kivu), Rwanda and Burundi E to W Kenya (Kakamega and Nandi Forests) and NW Tanzania (Bukoba area); also S Sudan (Lotti Forest).

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