A. Smith, 1836,
near Kurrichane, western Transvaal (North West Province), South Africa.
Thought to be closely related to P. albogularis and P. schlegelii; latter has been considered a race of present species. On the other hand, one study (which included both genetic and morphobehavioural evidence) suggested that coqui might belong within the Scleroptila group of species#R. Taxon hubbardi appears close to species status when compared with nominate, having blackish vs dull chestnut crown in female (2), underparts below breast plain tan-buff vs all barred (3), no rufous staining in pattern on mantle and breast-sides in either sex (ns), and female with almost plain pale grey-brown vs rufous breast (2). However, hubbardi also is closer than coqui to less well-known taxa spinetorum and maharao, and until these last two are better understood morphologically and geographically hubbardi (which certainly interbreeds with coqui in places) is retained as a subspecies. Races angolensis and vernayi are sometimes treated as synonyms of nominate, but probably distinct enough to warrant recognition#R. Many other races described, but currently considered doubtfully valid: buckleyi is included in spinetorum; thikae in maharao; bourquii in angolensis; campbelli, lynesi, kasaicus and ruandae in nominate; and hoeschianus in vernayi. Six subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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