Barbets (Capitonidae)

Banded Barbet (Lybius undatus) - HBW 7, p. 191

French: Barbican barré German: Wellenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Etíope

Taxonomy: Pogonias undatus Rüppell, 1837, Simien Province, central Ethiopia.
Not particularly closely related to others of genus; may represent connecting link between genera Tricholaema and Lybius. Races rather well marked for a species with small range. Proposed races senafensis in NE of range, gardullensis in W & SW, and squamatus in E considered untenable. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • thiogaster Neumann, 1903 - far NE Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • undatus (Rüppell, 1837) - NW to C Ethiopia.
  • leucogenys (Blundell & Lovat, 1899) - SC to SW Ethiopia.
  • salvadorii Neumann, 1903 - SE Ethiopia.

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