Has been lumped within S. afra or S. shelleyi. Usually treated as race of S. psilolaema, but here as species due to plain off-white vs black-spotted off-white throat, bordered below by white-spotted black throatband vs no throatband (3); breast rufous with full black spots vs buffy with vague black half-spots (2); belly chestnut intermixed with grey vs creamy buff with chestnut crescents and chocolate-brown Vs (3); mantle black-spotted rufous-chestnut vs as on rest of upperparts (ns); blackish of upperparts generally more intense and extensive, thus narrowing the buff barring, notably on wings (ns). Proposed race theresae (Mt Kenya) synonymized. Monotypic.
E Uganda (Mt Elgon) E to C Kenya (Mau Narok, the Aberdares and Mt Kenya).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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