Thrushes (Turdidae)

Olive-flanked Robin-chat (Cossypha anomala) - HBW 10, p. 737

French: Cossyphe à flancs olive German: Olivflankenrötel Spanish: Cosifa Anómala
Other common names: Olive-flanked Robin; Mbulu Robin-chat (mbuluensis); MacClounie’s Robin-chat (macclounii); Malawi Robin-chat (nominate)

Taxonomy: Callene anomala Shelley, 1893, Mulanje Plateau, Malawi.
Recently placed by several authorities in genus Dryocichloides; also sometimes placed in Alethe. Geographical variation well marked, and review of species limits warranted; nominate race distinctive and possibly better treated as separate species, but approached in certain features by macclounii. Vocally, mbuluensis may be most distinctive, and it does not respond to tape playback of voice of S Tanzanian grotei, which is also rather distinctive morphologically. Proposed race gurue (Mt Namuli, in N Mozambique) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Callene anomala Shelley, 1893, Mulanje Plateau, Malawi.
Recently placed by several authorities in genus Dryocichloides; also sometimes placed in Alethe. Geographical variation well marked, and review of species limits warranted; nominate race distinctive and possibly better treated as separate species, but approached in certain features by macclounii. Vocally, mbuluensis may be most distinctive, and it does not respond to tape playback of voice of S Tanzanian grotei, which is also rather distinctive morphologically. Proposed race gurue (Mt Namuli, in N Mozambique) synonymized with nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mbuluensis (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1937) - Mbulu Highlands, in NC Tanzania.
  • grotei (Reichenow, 1932) - E & S Tanzania.
  • macclounii (Shelley, 1903) - SW Tanzania, N Malawi and adjacent NE Zambia.
  • anomala (Shelley, 1893) - Mt Mulanje (S Malawi) and Mt Namuli (N Mozambique).

  • Least Concern
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