Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Common Wood-shrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus) - HBW 10, p. 122

French: Téphrodorne de Pondichéry German: Kleiner Raupenwürger Spanish: Ceniciento Chico
Other common names: Lesser Wood-shrike; Ceylon Wood-shrike (affinis)

Taxonomy: [Muscicapa] pondiceriana J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Coromandel Coast = Pondicherry, south-east India.
Taxonomic position of genus uncertain; data derived from DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it is closer to Prionopidae and should perhaps be placed in that family, but such treatment considered premature without further research and corroborative evidence. Race affinis sometimes regarded as a separate species. Nominate race intergrades with pallidus in NW India. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pallidus Ticehurst, 1920 - Pakistan (E Baluchistan, Punjab, Sind) and NW India (from foothills S to Gujarat and NC Uttar Pradesh).
  • pondicerianus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - India (except NW) and S Nepal and Bangladesh E to Myanmar, Thailand (except S) and C & S Laos.
  • affinis Blyth, 1847 - Sri Lanka.
  • orientis Deignan, 1948 - Cambodia and S Vietnam.