Thrushes (Turdidae)

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) - HBW 10, p. 785

French: Tarier pie German: Mohrenschwarzkehlchen Spanish: Tarabilla Pía
Other common names: Pied Chat; Black Bushchat (aethiops)

Taxonomy: Motacilla Caprata Linnaeus, 1766, Luzon, Philippines.
It has recently been suggested that distinctiveness of female plumages of various insular populations of races fruticola and pyrrhonotus may warrant naming of additional races, but differences appear slight and possibly due to individual variation or age factors. Sixteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rossorum (Hartert, 1910) - NE Iran SC Kazakhstan S to Afghanistan; non-breeding SW Asia (vagrant Arabia, Israel).
  • bicolor Sykes, 1832 - SE Iran, Pakistan and N India; non-breeding C India.
  • burmanicus Stuart Baker, 1922 - C & SE India E to Myanmar and S China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), S to Thailand and Indochina.

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  • rossorum (Hartert, 1910) - NE Iran SC Kazakhstan S to Afghanistan; non-breeding SW Asia (vagrant Arabia, Israel).
  • bicolor Sykes, 1832 - SE Iran, Pakistan and N India; non-breeding C India.
  • burmanicus Stuart Baker, 1922 - C & SE India E to Myanmar and S China (S Sichuan, Yunnan), S to Thailand and Indochina.
  • nilgiriensis Whistler, 1940 - SW India.
  • atratus (Blyth, 1851) - Sri Lanka.
  • caprata (Linnaeus, 1766) - Luzon and Mindoro, in N Philippines.
  • randi Parkes, 1960 - C Philippines (Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor).
  • anderseni Salomonsen, 1953 - Leyte and Mindanao, in E & S Philippines.
  • fruticola Horsfield, 1821 - Java E to Flores and Alor.
  • francki Rensch, 1931 - Sumba I.
  • pyrrhonotus (Vieillot, 1818) - E Lesser Sundas (Wetar, Kisar, Timor, Savu, Roti).
  • albonotatus (Stresemann, 1912) - Sulawesi (except N peninsula) and Salayer I.
  • cognatus Mayr, 1944 - Babar I.
  • belensis Rand, 1940 - WC New Guinea.
  • aethiops (P. L. Sclater, 1880) - N New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago.
  • wahgiensis Mayr & Gilliard, 1951 - EC & E New Guinea.