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Cercomela sordida

Mountain Chat

Cercomela sordida

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea
Familia: Muscicapidae
Genus: Cercomela
Species: Cercomela sordida
Subspecies: C. s. ernesti - C. s. hypospodia - C. s. olimotiensis - C. s. rudolfi - C. s. sordida

Name

Cercomela sordida (Ruppell, 1837)

Reference

Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien gehoring entdeck und beschreiben von Dr. Eduard Ruppel. Vogel. p.75 pl.26 fig.2

Vernacular names
English: Moorland Chat

he Moorland Chat (Cercomela sordida), also known as the Alpine Chat or Hill Chat, is a species of songbird in the Old World Flycatcher family. It is endemic to north-east Africa where it is common in its habitat. It lives at high altitudes on moors and grassland, usually above 3,400 m (11,100 ft), but can live as low as 2,100 m (6,900 ft)[1]. It has a short tail and long legs. It is bold and will approach people.

The chat was first discovered on Mount Elgon on the Uganda-Kenya border by Jackson. Mackinder brought back the same bird from Mount Kenya in 1899[2]. He presented a paper on the first ascent to the Royal Geographical Society in 1900. The scientific results of his expedition were discussed in detail afterwards.

A very curious little bird was found by Mr Jackson on Mount Elgon at a height of 11,000 feet, and I remember saying to Mr. Mackinder that he was bound to find the same sort of little chat on Mount Kenya, at a height of 11,000 feet. This he did, and it was the same species as the Mount Elgon bird, an ordinary-looking little brown chat, with a good deal of white in the tail.
—Dr Bowdler Sharpe, A Journey to the Summit of Mount Kenya, British East Africa: Discussion[2]

References

^ Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan (2003) Struik ISBN 1-86872-857-9
^ a b Thomas Holdich et al. (1900) A Journey to the Summit of Mount Kenya, British East Africa: Discussion The Geographical Journal 15(5) pp. 476–486

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