Babblers (Timaliidae)

Brown Babbler (Turdoides plebejus) - HBW 12, p. 222

French: Cratérope brun German: Sudandrossling Spanish: Turdoide Pardo
Other common names: Sudan (Brown) Babbler

Taxonomy: Ixos plebejus Cretzschmar, 1828, Kordofan Province, Sudan.
Considered to form a superspecies with T. leucocephala and T. jardineii; sometimes treated as conspecific with former. Proposed race uamensis (Cameroon and adjacent W Central African Republic) synonymized with cinerea. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • platycirca (Swainson, 1837) - S Mauritania and Senegal E to SE Mali, SW Niger border area and W Nigeria.
  • plebejus (Cretzschmar, 1828) - NE Nigeria E to C & S Sudan.
  • cinerea (Heuglin, 1856) - SE Nigeria E to S Sudan and SW Ethiopia, S to Cameroon, NE DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya.