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Linnaeus, 1758; type by subsequent designation (G.R. Gray, 1840, A List of the Genera of Birds, p. 63).
Syrian and Arabian deserts
S Morocco and Mauritania to Sudan, N and W Ethiopia, N Uganda
S Kenya to C Tanzania
J.H. Gurney Sr., 1868
S Angola, Namibia, Botswana, SW Zimbabwe, W and N South Africa
Somalia, SE Ethiopia, N and E Kenya [Reichenow, 1883 #15833]
1 For suggested split of southern populations see Miller
(2011) [Miller, 2011 #12544].
2 Introduced (ssp
) widely in South Africa, also Zambia (where wild populations extinct).
3 For treatment as an allospecies separate from
, see Freitag & Robinson (1993) [Freitag, 1993 #1599].
4 Publication in the Norddeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung was prior to that in Mitt. Orn. Ver., 7 (10) which is usually cited.