Thrushes (Turdidae)

Moorland Chat (Pinarochroa sordida) - HBW 10, p. 791

French: Traquet afroalpin German: Almenschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro Abisinio
Other common names: Hill/Mountain/Alpine Chat

Taxonomy: Saxicola sordida Rüppell, 1837, Simen, Ethiopia.
Close to Cercomela, but differs in longer tarsus and shorter tail, and in Oenanthe-like tail pattern. Proposed race rudolfi (Mt Elgon, in Kenya) synonymized with ernesti. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sordida ( Rüppell, 1837) - Ethiopia.
  • ernesti Sharpe, 1900 - E Uganda and C Kenya.
  • olimotiensis Elliott, 1945 - Crater Highlands (N Tanzania).
  • hypospodia Shelley, 1885 - Mt Kilimanjaro (N Tanzania).

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