Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Red-faced Crombec (Sylvietta whytii) - HBW 11, p. 687

French: Crombec à face rousse German: Rotzügelsylvietta Spanish: Crombec Carirrojo
Other common names: Red-faced Sylvetta

Taxonomy: Sylviella whytii Shelley, 1894, Zomba, south Malawi.
Forms a superspecies with S. brachyura and S. philippae. Proposed race nemorivaga (described from NW Zimbabwe) considered indistinguishable from nominate. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • loringi Mearns, 1911 - SW Ethiopia (Addis Ababa S to Yavello and L Abiata), extreme SE Sudan, NE Uganda (Karamoja) and NW Kenya (S Turkana S to Kapenguria).
  • jacksoni (Sharpe, 1897) - S & E Uganda, SW & C Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, N & C Tanzania (E to Kilimanjaro and Iringa).
  • minima (Ogilvie-Grant, 1900) - SE Kenya and NE Tanzania (extending inland to Tsavo, Taveta and Morogoro).
  • whytii (Shelley, 1894) - SE Tanzania, S Malawi, N & C Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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