G. R. Gray, 1867,
Closely related to P. afer and, less so, to P. swainsonii#R; also thought to be close to P. rufopictus. Hybridization with P. rufopictus reported from SE Serengeti National Park (N Tanzania)#R. Geographical variation is minimal, with suggestion of clinal decrease in darkness of underparts from W to E. Several races proposed, i.e. holtemulleri (L Abaya, in S Ethiopia), muhamedbenabdullah (between El Uak and Bardera, in S Somalia), tokora (Karamoja, in NE Uganda), keniensis (W slope of Mt Kenya) and, in N Tanzania, oldowai, infuscatus and kilimensis (all from Mt Kilimanjaro region); none considered worthy of recognition. Monotypic.
Eritrea S through Ethiopia to SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, Kenya, N & S Somalia and NC Tanzania.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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