Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-headed Black-chat (Pentholaea arnotti) - HBW 10, p. 726

French: Traquet d’Arnott German: Arnottschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal-hormiguero de Arnot
Other common names: Arnott’s Chat/Black-chat

Taxonomy: Saxicola arnotti Tristram, 1869, Victoria Falls, north-western Zimbabwe.
Sometimes placed in genus Thamnolaea or Myrmecocichla. Race harterti distinctive; if vocally different, may merit species status. Proposed race leucolaema (Rwanda and Burundi) merged with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • harterti ( Neunzig, 1926) - Angola.
  • arnotti ( Tristram, 1869) - Rwanda and Burundi S to Zambia, C Mozambique and NE South Africa.

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