Babblers (Timaliidae)

Dapple-throat (Arcanator orostruthus) - HBW 12, p. 290

French: Modulatrice grivelée German: Bülbültimalie Spanish: Tordina Manchada
Other common names: Dappled (Mountain) Robin, Mottled Robin

Taxonomy: Phyllastrephus orostruthus Vincent, 1933, Mount Namuli, Mozambique.
Affinities uncertain. Frequently placed in genus Modulatrix, but thought not to belong in present family; has been considered to be a bulbul (Pycnonotidae) or a chat (Turdidae), but recent ­molecular studies suggest that it is closest to the sugarbirds (Promeropidae). Further research needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • amani (W. L. Sclater & Moreau, 1935) - E Usambara Mts, in NE Tanzania.
  • sanjei Jensen & Stuart, 1982 - Udzungwa Mts, in S Tanzania.
  • orostruthus (Vincent, 1933) - Mt Namuli, in N Mozambique.

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