Bradypterus brachypterus centralis
between Mukingo and Muhera, Rwanda.
See B. graueri. Until recently considered conspecific with B. baboecala, but genetic analysis suggests present species belongs to a distinct lineage apparently coinciding with a markedly higher frequency (score 3) and buzzier tone (2) in song#R; however, genetic and vocal sampling incomplete and morphological characters unstudied, rendering authority and accuracy of new arrangement very weak. Distinctive song known from nominate and elgonensis#R, and genetic sampling also places them together#R, but sampling of supposed nominate was from Nigeria; for geographical reasons, therefore, unsampled races sudanensis and chadensis tentatively assigned here (as elsewhere#R) to present species, although recently discovered population in Ghana considered to refer to or be allied with B. b. msiri#R. Patchwork distribution of the two species further evident when B. b. abyssinicus was confirmed to sing like southern B. baboecala#R. Song of present species may be a character displacement produced by co-occurrence with B. carpalis, which sings like B. baboecala#R, suggesting a regional adaptation rather than a specific character; but molecular evidence counters this notion. Much more research needed. Four subspecies recognized.
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