Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Red-fronted Warbler (Urorhipis rufifrons) - HBW 11, p. 489

French: Apalis à front roux German: Rotstirnprinie Spanish: Prinia Frentirroja
Other common names: (African) Red-faced Apalis

Taxonomy: Prinia rufifrons Rüppell, 1840, Eritrea.
Affinities uncertain; often placed in genus Apalis or Spiloptila, but exhibits significant differences from both. Considered best placed in its own, monotypic genus, pending further study. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufifrons (Rüppell, 1840) - E Chad, W & E Sudan, Eritrea, NE Ethiopia, Djibouti and NW Somalia.
  • smithi (Sharpe, 1895) - SE Sudan, S Ethiopia, Somalia (except NW), extreme NE Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • rufidorsalis (Sharpe, 1897) - Tsavo, in SE Kenya.

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