White-spotted Fantail (Rhipidura albogularis) - HBW 11, p. 237
French: Rhipidure moucheté
Spanish: Abanico Pechipinto
Other common names: Spot-breasted Fantail
Taxonomy: Musicapa (Muscylva) albogularis Lesson, 1831, Salem district, Tamil Nadu, India.
Often considered conspecific with R. albicollis, on basis of intergradation in NE India, but this is demonstrated by only a handful of hybrid specimens and the two occupy different habitats. Relationships with other members of the genus unclear; it has been suggested that R. euryura and R. perlata may be close relatives, but there is little evidence to support such affinities. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- albogularis (Lesson, 1831) - peninsular India (S from S Rajasthan and WC Madhya Pradesh).
- vernayi (Whistler, 1931) - E India (S Orissa, NE Andhra Pradesh).
- Least Concern Enlarge map