Babblers (Timaliidae)

Juniper Babbler (Parophasma galinieri) - HBW 12, p. 282

French: Parophasme de Galinier German: Singtimalie Spanish: Charlatán Abisinio
Other common names: Abyssinian Babbler/Catbird

Taxonomy: Parisoma Galinieri Guérin-Méneville, 1843, Ethiopia.
Affinities uncertain. May be closest to Lioptilus, but dull coloration and rufous-chestnut vent together suggest possible link to Kupeornis. Perhaps more likely to be closer to the Old World warblers (Sylviidae), which it resembles vocally and in size and shape; has been seen to scratch head directly. Further studies needed. Monotypic.

Distribution: Highlands of N (Simien), W & S Ethiopia.