Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-starred Robin (Pogonocichla stellata) - HBW 10, p. 729

French: Rougegorge étoilé German: Sternrötel Spanish: Ruiseñor Estrellado
Other common names: Starred Robin

Taxonomy: Muscicapa stellata Vieillot, 1818, Plettenberg Bay, Cape Province, South Africa.
Subspecific taxonomy complex; one group of races (including intensa, ruwenzorii, guttifer, orientalis and nominate) has simple piping call, and another (including macarthuri, helleri and transvaalensis) has complex piping call, but these groups not separated in simple geographical pattern; also, subadult plumage (unique among African robins) varies depending on race. Other described races are friedmanni, synonymized with ruwenzorii; lebombo (Lebombo Mts, on Zululand-Swaziland border), synonymized with transvaalensis;.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Muscicapa stellata Vieillot, 1818, Plettenberg Bay, Cape Province, South Africa.
Subspecific taxonomy complex; one group of races (including intensa, ruwenzorii, guttifer, orientalis and nominate) has simple piping call, and another (including macarthuri, helleri and transvaalensis) has complex piping call, but these groups not separated in simple geographical pattern; also, subadult plumage (unique among African robins) varies depending on race. Other described races are friedmanni, synonymized with ruwenzorii; lebombo (Lebombo Mts, on Zululand-Swaziland border), synonymized with transvaalensis; and margaritata (described from Pietermaritzburg, in E South Africa), synonymized with nominate. Twelve subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pallidiflava Cunningham-van Someren & Schifter, 1981 - Imatong Mts, in S Sudan.
  • ruwenzorii (Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) - NE DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • elgonensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1911) - Mt Elgon, on Uganda-Kenya border.

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  • pallidiflava Cunningham-van Someren & Schifter, 1981 - Imatong Mts, in S Sudan.
  • ruwenzorii (Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) - NE DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • elgonensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1911) - Mt Elgon, on Uganda-Kenya border.
  • intensa Sharpe, 1901 - N & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • macarthuri van Someren, 1939 - Chyulu Hills, in SE Kenya.
  • helleri Mearns, 1913 - Taita Hills (SE Kenya) and NE Tanzania.
  • guttifer (Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) - Mt Kilimanjaro, in N Tanzania.
  • orientalis (G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) - W, E, & S Tanzania S to Malawi and Mozambique.
  • hygrica Clancey, 1969 - W Mozambique.
  • chirindensis (Roberts, 1914) - E Zimbabwe.
  • transvaalensis (Roberts, 1912) - N South Africa (former Transvaal).
  • stellata (Vieillot, 1818) - E & S South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape) and Swaziland.
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