Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Marsh Tchagra (Tchagra minutus) - HBW 14, p. 93

French: Tchagra des marais German: Sumpftschagra Spanish: Chagra Marismeña
Other common names: Blackcap Bush-shrike, Black-capped Shrike/Bush-shrike, Blackcap(ped)/Little Blackcap Tchagra, Lesser/Little Tchagra/Shrike/Bush-shrike; Anchieta's Tchagra, Southern Blackcap (anchietae, reichenowi and remotus)

Taxonomy: Telephonus minutus Hartlaub, 1858, Ashanti, Ghana.
Somewhat aberrant species, sometimes treated in a monotypic genus Antichromus or Bocagia; differences from congeners moderately notable genetically, but morphologically and biologically no greater than differences among species within other malaconotid genera. Nominate sometimes separated from other races as a distinct species. Races anchietae, reichenowi and remotus intergrade where they meet; whether nominate and anchietae also do so is not known. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minutus ( Hartlaub, 1858) - Sierra Leone E discontinuously to lower R Congo, N & E DRCongo (S to NW shores of L Tanganyika), S & E Sudan, Ethiopia, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
  • anchietae ( Bocage, 1869) - Angola, S & SE DRCongo, N Zambia, SW Tanzania and N & W Malawi.
  • reichenowi ( Neumann, 1900) - E, C & S Tanzania (coastal lowlands S to R Rufiji, and inland in S Dodoma, Morogoro, Iringa and Songea).
  • remotus Clancey, 1959 - SE Malawi, N & W Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.