Thrushes (Turdidae)

Snowy-crowned Robin-chat (Cossypha niveicapilla) - HBW 10, p. 740

French: Cossyphe à calotte neigeuse German: Schneescheitelrötel Spanish: Cosifa Coroninívea
Other common names: Snowy-headed Robin-chat

Taxonomy: Turdus niveicapilla Lafresnaye, 1838, Senegal.
Black-backed birds (dominant in L Victoria Basin) commonly separated as race melanonota, but intergradation with greyer-backed individuals so extensive as to render naming of geographical races problematic. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: SC Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone E to Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to Cameroon and L Victoria Basin; also Gabon, S PRCongo, extreme SW DRCongo and extreme NW & NE Angola.