Abyssinian Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus minor) - HBW 6, p. 433
French: Irrisor à cimeterre
Spanish: Abubilla-arbórea Menor
Taxonomy: Promerops minor Rüppell, 1845, Shoa, central Ethiopia.
Genus often merged into Phoeniculus. Birds from S Somalia and adjacent N Kenya, described as race somalicus, are now considered inseparable from nominate minor; birds from S Kenya to Tanzania, formerly recognized as race extimus, now treated as indistinguishable from cabanisi. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- minor (Rüppell, 1845) - Ethiopia (except S), Somalia and NE Kenya.
- cabanisi (de Filippi, 1853) - S Sudan, S Ethiopia and N & NW Kenya S to N Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Bird perched in a tree
Locality Shaba National Reserve, Kenya
James Kashangaki 14 August 2014 13 weeks ago 4
A young bird yet to develop the bright red bill. Part of a family group of five birds.
Locality Arusha Town, Arusha Region, Tanzania (ssp cabanisi)
M P Goodey 1 December 2007 3 years ago 4
Locality Dawa River, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia
Ken Havard 6 November 2011 2 years ago 3.4
male foraging in dry scrub
Locality Negele Borana scrub, Negele Arsi, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 17 July 2009 1 year ago 3
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