Chestnut-backed Bush-warbler (Bradypterus castaneus) - HBW 11, p. 608
French: Bouscarle marron
Spanish: Zarzalero Castaño
Other common names: Chestnut/East Indies Bush-warbler, Chestnut Grass-warbler
Taxonomy: Turdinus castaneus Büttikofer, 1893, Minahassa, north Sulawesi.
Distinctive bush-warbler with no known close relatives. Has been suggested as being nearest to B. accentor, but that species has boldly spotted underparts and lacks supercilium, so that similarity rather limited. Race musculus poorly known, and distinction from disturbans based on only two or three specimens; a larger sample of material may show it to be invalid. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- castaneus (Büttikofer, 1893) - Sulawesi.
- disturbans (E. J. O. Hartert, 1900) - Buru, in S Moluccas.
- musculus (Stresemann, 1914) - Seram, in S Moluccas.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird in the bush. Locality Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi, Sulawesi (ssp castaneus)
herve jacob 21 September 2012 9 weeks ago 12 sec 4
A bird moving in dense vegetation Locality Tambing Lake, Lore Lindu National Park, Central Sulawesi, Sulawesi (ssp castaneus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 July 2007 5 years ago 22 sec 3.5