Blue-mantled crested flycatcher
|Blue-mantled crested flycatcher|
|Female photographed in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.|
Taxonomy and systematics
The blue-mantled crested flycatcher was originally described in the genus Muscicapa and some authorities have also classified it in the genus Terpsiphone. Alternate names for the black-naped monarch include blue-mantled flycatcher, blue-mantled paradise-flycatcher, Cape crested-flycatcher and crested flycatcher.
Five subspecies are recognized:
- T. c. vivax - Neave, 1909: Found from Uganda and north-western Tanzania to south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern and western Zambia
- East African crested flycatcher (T. c. bivittatus) - Reichenow, 1879: Originally described as a separate species. Found from Somalia to eastern Tanzania
- T. c. megalolophus - Swynnerton, 1907: Originally described as a separate species. Found from Malawi and northern Mozambique to Zimbabwe and eastern KwaZulu-Natal (north-eastern South Africa)
- T. c. segregus - Clancey, 1975: Found in eastern Northern Province and western KwaZulu-Natal (north-eastern South Africa)
- T. c. cyanomelas - (Vieillot, 1818): Found in south and south-eastern South Africa
- Blue-mantled crested flycatcher - Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds.
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