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Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback

Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis] (= Dryoscopus cubla) (Latham, J 1802)

The black-backed puffback is a species of passerine bird in the family Malaconotidae. They are common to fairly common sedentary bushshrikes in various wooded habitats in Africa south of the equator. They restlessly move about singly, in pairs or family groups, and generally frequent tree canopies. Like others of its genus, the males puff out the loose rump and lower back feathers in display, to assume a remarkable ball-like appearance. They draw attention to themselves by their varied repertoire of whistling, clicking and rasping sounds. Their specific name cubla, originated with Francois Levaillant, who derived it from a native southern African name, where the "c" is an onomatopoeic click sound. None of the other five puffback species occur in southern Africa. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Malaconotidae
Genus:
   Dryoscopus
Scientific:
  Dryoscopus cubla


Original description

Citation:
  (Latham, J 1802)

Reference:
   Suppl. Indicis Orn.

Imprint year:
  1801

Protonym:
  Lanius cubla

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/33261394


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  0085572849C153F8

Avibase ID:
  avibase-00855728

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/00855728


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 916818

Geographic range:

  • Dryoscopus cubla cubla: Natal to Cape Province
  • Dryoscopus cubla nairobiensis: Central Kenya to ne Tanzania
  • Dryoscopus cubla [hamatus or chapini]: S Kenya to Mozambique, n Angola and ne South Africa
  • Dryoscopus cubla okavangensis: NW Cape Province to Namibia, s Angola, Botswana, Zambia
  • Dryoscopus affinis: Coastal Somalia and Kenya to n Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mafia I.
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English:
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback
French:
Cubla boule-de-neige ou C. de Zanzibar


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback ( Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis])
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Cubla boule-de-neige ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements, version 2021:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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eBird version 2021:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 11.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Black-headed Puffback Shrike ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds:
Dryoscopus cubla [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Dryoscopus cubla [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (2nd edition):
Dryoscopus cubla [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Black-backed Puffback ( Dryoscopus cubla) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Dryoscopus cubla [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Dryoscopus cubla [version 1]

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Afrikaans: Sneeubal
Catalan: cubla de dors negre
Czech: Tuhýk cernohrbetý, ťuhýkovec černohřbetý
Danish: Sortrygget Kvastryg
German: Schneeballwürger, Schwarzmantel-Schneeballwürger
English: Black backed Puffback, Black-backed or Zanzibar Puffback, Black-backed Puffback, Black-backed Puffback Shrike, Black-headed Puffback Shrike, Puffback, Puffback Shrike, Southern Puffback, Zanzibar Puffback
English, HBW: Black-backed Puffback
English (IOC): Black-backed Puffback
English (Kenya): Black-backed Puffback
English (United States): Black-backed Puffback
Spanish: Cubla Dorsinegra, Obispillo de Lomo Negro
Spanish (Spain): Cubla Dorsinegra
Spanish (HBW): Black-backed Puffback
Estonian: puhvselg-pagulind
Finnish: Huiskulepinkäinen
French: Cubla boule-de-neige, Cubla boule-de-neige ou C. de Zanzibar, Pie-grièche cubla
Croatian: crnoleđa čagra
Italian: Averla dorsopiumoso dorsonero, Puffino dorsonero
Japanese (romaji): segurofukureyabumozu
Japanese: セグロフクレヤブモズ
Kwangali: Nankuwo
Scientific: Dryoscopus [cubla or affinis], Dryoscopus affinis, Dryoscopus cubla, Dryoscopus cubla affinis, Dryoscopus cubla cubla, Hapalophus affinis, Lanius cubla
Lithuanian: Juodnugarė pūstauodegė medšarkė
Dutch: Poederdonsklauwier
Norwegian Nynorsk: Sørdunrygg
Norwegian: Sørdunrygg
Polish: turniurzyk srokaty
Portuguese: Picanço-de-almofadinha
Portuguese (Portugal): cubla-de-almofadinha
Russian: Черноспинная пухоспинка, Черноспинный пегий сорокопут, Черноспинный пухопёрый сорокопут
Slovak: páperník strakoší, Páperník strakošovitý
Serbian: Crnoleđi svračak pufnastih leđa
Swedish: Nordlig dunrygg, svartryggig dunrygg
Swahili: Kipwe Kiuno-cheupe
Turkish: Kara sırtlı pofuduksırt
Tsonga: Phavomu
Ukrainian: Кубла строката
Xhosa: Intakembila
Chinese: 鹊形松背伯劳, 黑背蓬背鵙
Chinese (Traditional): 鵲形鬆背伯勞
Zulu: iBhoboni

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