Babblers (Timaliidae)

Scaly Babbler (Turdoides squamulata) - HBW 12, p. 224

French: Cratérope maillé German: Schwarzkopfdrossling Spanish: Turdoide Escamado
Other common names: Dark-billed Scaly Babbler, Squamulated Babbler

Taxonomy: Crateropus squamulatus Shelley, 1884, Mombasa, Kenya.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. sharpei and T. hypoleuca, possibly including also T. hindei. Birds from R Webbe Gestro, in S Ethiopia, thought to represent an undescribed race, and those from S Ethiopia-NE Kenya border region (Lak Bor watercourse, R Daua) another such; in each case, however, the possibility of hybrid origin evidently not yet excluded (R Webbe Gestro birds uniform brown above, brownish-white below, iris red; Lak Bor birds intermediate between jubaensis and carolinae in extent of white on head). Three subspecies currently recog.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Crateropus squamulatus Shelley, 1884, Mombasa, Kenya.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with T. sharpei and T. hypoleuca, possibly including also T. hindei. Birds from R Webbe Gestro, in S Ethiopia, thought to represent an undescribed race, and those from S Ethiopia-NE Kenya border region (Lak Bor watercourse, R Daua) another such; in each case, however, the possibility of hybrid origin evidently not yet excluded (R Webbe Gestro birds uniform brown above, brownish-white below, iris red; Lak Bor birds intermediate between jubaensis and carolinae in extent of white on head). Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • carolinae Ash, 1981 - SE Ethiopia and adjacent SC Somalia (R Shabeelle).
  • jubaensis van Someren, 1931 - S Ethiopia and adjacent S Somalia (R Jubba).
  • squamulata ( Shelley, 1884) - extreme S Somalia, SE Kenya and adjacent NE Tanzania.

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