Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Brown Trembler (Cinclocerthia ruficauda) - HBW 10, p. 480

French: Trembleur brun German: Braunzitterdrossel Spanish: Cocobino Pardo

Taxonomy: Stenorhynchus ruficauda Gould, 1836, locality unknown = Dominica.
Genus may be most closely related to Margarops; contrary to earlier opinion, appears not to be close to Ramphocinclus. Probably forms a superspecies with C. gutturalis, and previously considered conspecific. Race tremula possibly merits treatment as a separate species; proposed races pavida (St Kitts) and sola (Montserrat) considered indistinguishable from that race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tremula (Lafresnaye, 1843) - N Lesser Antilles (Saba, Barbuda, St Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe).
  • ruficauda (Gould, 1836) - Dominica, in C Lesser Antilles.
  • tenebrosa Ridgway, 1904 - St Vincent and Grenada, in S Lesser Antilles.

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