Babblers (Timaliidae)

Northern White-rumped Babbler (Turdoides leucopygia) - HBW 12, p. 224

French: Cratérope à croupion blanc German: Weißbürzeldrossling Spanish: Turdoide Culiblanco
Other common names: Abyssinian/White-rumped Babbler

Taxonomy: Ixos leucopygius Rüppell, 1837, central forest region along the coast of north Ethiopia.
May form a superspecies with T. hartlaubii, perhaps including also T. melanops and T. sharpei; often treated as conspecific with first-named. Proposed race clarkei (from R Baro region of extreme SW Ethiopia) merged with omoensis. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leucopygia ( Rüppell, 1837) - C Eritrea and adjacent N Ethiopia.
  • limbata ( Rüppell, 1845) - SW Eritrea and immediately adjacent E Sudan S to C Ethiopia.
  • smithii ( Sharpe, 1895) - EC Ethiopia R to NW Somalia.

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  • leucopygia ( Rüppell, 1837) - C Eritrea and adjacent N Ethiopia.
  • limbata ( Rüppell, 1845) - SW Eritrea and immediately adjacent E Sudan S to C Ethiopia.
  • smithii ( Sharpe, 1895) - EC Ethiopia R to NW Somalia.
  • lacuum ( Neumann, 1903) - SC Ethiopia.
  • omoensis ( Neumann, 1903) - SE Sudan and adjacent SW Ethiopia.