Babblers (Timaliidae)

Spot-throat (Modulatrix stictigula) - HBW 12, p. 289

French: Modulatrice à lunettes German: Fleckenkehltimalie Spanish: Tordina de Anteojos

Taxonomy: Turdinus stictigula Reichenow, 1906, Mbaramo, Usambara, Tanzania.
Affinities uncertain. Thought not to be belong in present family; has been considered to belong with the bulbuls (Pycnonotidae) or the thrushes (Turdidae), but recent molecular studies suggest that it is closest to the sugarbirds (Promeropidae). Further research needed. Proposed race pressa (from S of range) considered undiagnosable, as characters on which it was based (and others, more recently used) are not apparent in large series of specimens. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: Mountains of E & S Tanzania (S from Usambaras and Nguru Mts, in NE) and extreme N Malawi.

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