Woodhoopoes (Phoeniculidae)

Abyssinian Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus minor) - HBW 6, p. 433

French: Irrisor à cimeterre German: Goldschnabelhopf 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.

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