Picathartes (Picathartidae)

Grey-necked Picathartes (Picathartes oreas) - HBW 12, p. 68

French: Picatharte du Cameroun German: Buntkopf-Felshüpfer Spanish: Picatartes Cuelligrís
Other common names: Grey-necked Rockfowl, Red-headed Picathartes/Rockfowl

Taxonomy: Picathartes oreas Reichenow, 1899, Victoria, Cameroon.
Taxonomic position of genus subject to ongoing debate. Now generally considered to represent a monotypic family, related to “thrush-babbler assemblage” of the Timaliidae; has been suggested that closest relatives are the rockjumpers (Chaetops) of South Africa. May form a superspecies with P. gymnocephalus. Monotypic.

Distribution: Equatorial forest belt in SE Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea including Bioko I (Fernando Póo), Gabon and SW PRCongo.

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