Formerly placed in Cossypha. Until recently considered conspecific with S. bocagei, but accumulating evidence#R#R indicates need for separation: differs in its smaller overall size with notably shorter tail (from published data#R allow 2); black vs brown-rufous lower eyelid (2); slightly brighter rufous underparts (1); slightly more white on mid-belly (1); markedly different songs, with those of present species in lower frequency range (in one analysis 1250–1950 vs 2700–4550 kHz; allow 3); use of less open forest at rather higher elevations (needs confirmation from all taxa involved; ns). When species placed in Cossypha, name poensis becomes preoccupied, and population of Bioko receives name insulana. It has recently been claimed that name poensis should perhaps be considered permanently invalidated#R, but this depends on interpretation of certain details in ICZN Code; in view of uncertainty, it seems preferable to stick with well-established and older name poensis#R. Five subspecies recognized.
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Status and conservation
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