Babblers (Timaliidae)

Rusty Babbler (Turdoides rubiginosa) - HBW 12, p. 219

French: Cratérope rubigineux German: Heuglindrossling Spanish: Turdoide Herrumbroso
Other common names: Rufous Chatterer

Taxonomy: Crateropus rubiginosus Rüppell, 1845, Shoa, Ethiopia.
Often placed in genus Argya. Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. fulva. Races bowdleri and schnitzeri previously referred to as, respectively, sharpii and emini, but last two names are preoccupied. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rubiginosa ( Rüppell, 1845) - S Sudan, NE, C & S Ethiopia, S Eritrea, Djibouti, NE Uganda and Kenya (except SE).
  • bowdleri Deignan, 1964 - SE Ethiopia and adjacent NE Kenya.
  • heuglini ( Sharpe, 1883) - S Somalia, SE Kenya, and NE & E Tanzania.
  • schnitzeri Deignan, 1964 - N & NC Tanzania.

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