Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

White-tailed Shrike (Lanioturdus torquatus) - HBW 14, p. 122

French: Lanielle à queue blanche German: Drosselwürger Spanish: Laniotordo
Other common names: Chatshrike, Flycatcher Shrike

Taxonomy: Lanioturdus torquatus Waterhouse, 1838, Bull's Mouth Pass, Naukluft Mountains, Damaraland, Namibia.
Affinities uncertain. Originally thought to be an aberrant member of present family, with which it shares several cranial and limb-bone characters and is similar in various aspects of behaviour; has sometimes been placed with Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae), and eggs resemble those of helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae). Plumage pattern and nest, however, strongly reminiscent of batises (Batis), and some structural characters, e.g. jaw musculature, shared with those and wattle-eyes (Platysteira), both in family Platysteiridae; recent molecular-genetic studies corroborate close rel.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lanioturdus torquatus Waterhouse, 1838, Bull's Mouth Pass, Naukluft Mountains, Damaraland, Namibia.
Affinities uncertain. Originally thought to be an aberrant member of present family, with which it shares several cranial and limb-bone characters and is similar in various aspects of behaviour; has sometimes been placed with Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae), and eggs resemble those of helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae). Plumage pattern and nest, however, strongly reminiscent of batises (Batis), and some structural characters, e.g. jaw musculature, shared with those and wattle-eyes (Platysteira), both in family Platysteiridae; recent molecular-genetic studies corroborate close relationship with Batis, and the species is possibly better assigned to Platysteiridae (see HBW 11, page 164). Monotypic.

Distribution: SW Angola and NW & C Namibia.