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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
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Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis: Sarcopterygii
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
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Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
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Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Cladus: Telluraves
Cladus: Australaves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea

Familia: Muscicapidae
Genus: Thamnolaea
Species: T. cinnamomeiventris - T. coronata


Thamnolaea Cabanis, 1850

Museum Heineanum 1: 8.

Vernacular names
English: Cliff Chat
suomi: Isomuurahaistaskut

Thamnolaea is a small genus of passerine birds in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, consisting of two closely related species. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they occur in monogamous, territorial pairs along lightly wooded escarpments, on inselbergs and in craggy areas. They habitually lift and fan the tail, and have squeaky and fluty calls. They also duet or mimic other bird species. Nesting is undertaken in early summer, and their own nesting material is often placed in the old mud pellet nests of Cecropis swallows. A clutch of typically three brown-speckled eggs is hatched by the female only.[1] Geographic plumage variations are evident in both species. The similarly plumaged Monticola semirufus is no longer included in the genus.

The genus contains the following species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Myrmecocichla cinnamomeiventris -Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa -male-8.jpg Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris Mocking cliff chat escarpments and inselbergs of eastern and southern Africa.
Die Vögel Afrikas (1900) (20949449585), Thamnolaea coronata, ♂.jpg Thamnolaea coronata White-crowned cliff chat inselbergs and highlands of West Africa (sometimes considered a subspecies of T. cinnamomeiventris)[3]


Tarboton, Warwick (2001). A Guide to the Nests and Eggs of Southern African Birds. Cape Town: Struik. p. 174. ISBN 1-86872-616-9.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
Collar, N. "Mocking Cliff-chat (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 30 May 2016.(subscription required)

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