between Wabi Shabelle and Lake Stephanie, southern Ethiopia.
Formerly treated as conspecific with C. flavigula; both have been treated as conspecific with C. atrogularis. Also previously considered a hybrid between C. xanthopygia and C. mozambica or C. dorsostriata, or a mutation of C. reichenowi. Geographical variation problematic and insufficiently known, and position further confused by population on Mt Fantalle (C Ethiopia) with intermediate characters between present species and C. flavigula. Species status upheld pending further research, including genetic analysis. Monotypic.
C & S Ethiopia: NW Harar, NW Bale and Sidamo (Borena Zone).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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