E. J. O. Hartert and Neumann, 1914,
Closely related to B. buteo (with B. japonicus and B. refectus) and perhaps B. brachypterus, and possibly also to B. jamaicensis and B. ventralis; in one major genetic study, however, association with B. brachypterus not supported#R. Has been considered conspecific with B. buteo, genetic differentiation from which difficult to establish#R. Until recently, considered conspecific with B. trizonatus, which differs from present species in having unstreaked vs streaked chin and throat (2); plain white band across breast vs all-streaked breast (2); weaker (non-existent) terminal tailband (2); plain white vs dark-spotted undertail-coverts (ns); rufous tones in various parts of plumage including back and tail, tarsal feathering and wing-coverts (ns); slightly smaller size (effect size for bill −1.94, score 1)(see further published details#R#R). Monotypic.
Highlands of Ethiopia S, patchily, to Tanzania and Malawi.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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