Arcanatoridae – Dapple-throat & Allies

Dapple-throat Arcanator orostruthus ©USFWS Website

Arcanatoridae is a family of just three birds that includes the Dapple-throat.

They were formerly included in Promeropidae until recent DNA studies confirmed their status as related, but a separate family. They are sister to the sugarbirds, both are basal Passeroidea.

The dapple-throat or dappled mountain-robin Arcanator orostruthus is found in Mozambique and Tanzania; the spot-throat Modulatrix stictigula is found in northern Malawi and Tanzania; the grey-chested babbler Kakamega poliothorax, also known as the grey-chested illadopsis, is found in Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda. Their natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. All three are threatened by habitat loss, although the later, being widespread, is less vulnerable.

They are:

Dapple-throat Arcanator orostruthus

Spot-throat Modulatrix stictigula

Grey-chested Kakamega (Grey-chested Babbler) Kakamega poliothorax

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