Thrushes (Turdidae)

Brown-tailed Chat (Cercomela scotocerca) - HBW 10, p. 790

French: Traquet à queue brune German: Braunschwanz Spanish: Colinegro Pardo
Other common names: (Brown-tailed) Rockchat

Taxonomy: Saxicola scotocerca Heuglin, 1869, near Keren, Bogosland, Eritrea.
May form a superspecies with C. familiaris. Races spectatrix and validior have been treated as representing a separate species, but differences appear relatively minor; vocal evidence may help to clarify the situation. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • furensis Lynes, 1926 - E Chad and W Sudan.
  • scotocerca (Heuglin, 1869) - Red Sea hills in NE Sudan and N Eritrea.
  • turkana van Someren, 1920 - S Ethiopia, E Uganda and N & NC Kenya.

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  • furensis Lynes, 1926 - E Chad and W Sudan.
  • scotocerca (Heuglin, 1869) - Red Sea hills in NE Sudan and N Eritrea.
  • turkana van Someren, 1920 - S Ethiopia, E Uganda and N & NC Kenya.
  • spectatrix Clarke, S. R., 1919 - Awash Valley (E Ethiopia) and adjacent N Somalia.
  • validior Berlioz & Roche, 1970 - NE Somalia.
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