Babblers (Timaliidae)

Sharpe's Babbler (Turdoides sharpei) - HBW 12, p. 222

French: Cratérope de Sharpe German: Schwarzzügeldrossling Spanish: Turdoide de Sharpe
Other common names: Sharpe’s Pied Babbler

Taxonomy: Crateropus sharpei Reichenow, 1891, Kakoma, south-west Tanzania.
May form a superspecies with T. squamulata and T. hypoleuca, possibly including also T. hindei. Alternatively suggested as part of a superspecies with T. melanops, T. leucopygia and T. hartlaubii. Often treated as conspecific with T. melanops. Proposed race clamosus (Rift Valley in Kenya) merged with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sharpei ( Reichenow, 1891) - extreme E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda (except N), SW Kenya and NW & W Tanzania.
  • vepres R. Meinertzhagen, 1937 - Nanyuki area, on slopes of Mt Kenya (C Kenya).