Black-billed Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus somaliensis) - HBW 6, p. 430
French: Irrisor à bec noir
Spanish: Abubilla-arbórea Piquinegra
Taxonomy: Irrisor somaliensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1901, Fer Libah, Ogaden, Ethiopia.
Generally considered to form a superspecies with P. purpureus and P. damarensis. All three sometimes treated as conspecific, which may be a more realistic treatment; more study needed. Race abyssinicus has been thought to be a hybrid of race neglectus and P. purpureus niloticus, but the two species are said to occur sympatrically without apparently interbreeding in parts of S Ethiopia and N Kenya. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- abyssinicus (Neumann, 1903) - N Ethiopia and Eritrea.
- neglectus (Neumann, 1905) - C Ethiopia.
- somaliensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1901) - SE Ethiopia, W Somalia and NE Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird foraging along a tree trunk Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp somaliensis)
Rigdon Currie 31 December 2002 6 years ago 19 sec 4.5
A bird foraging in a tree, finally catching and eating a prey. Locality Afar Plains, Afar Region, Ethiopia (ssp neglectus)
Josep del Hoyo 27 November 2005 9 years ago 40 sec 4.4
A bird feeding in a tree then flying away. Locality Kersa Dek, Genale Valley, Ethiopia
Keith Blomerley 7 November 2013 1 year ago 20 sec 3.8
Two birds in an acacia tree, one flies away. Locality Genale Valley, Ethiopia (ssp neglectus)
Josep del Hoyo 9 December 2005 8 years ago 39 sec 3
A bird on a branch bringing a prey item back to a nest hole
Locality Sof Omar, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp neglectus)
Ian Fulton 14 February 2008 5 years ago 4
Immature bird in the garden at Debre Birhan Selassie
Locality Gondar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia (ssp abyssinicus)
MichaelP 12 October 2014 19 weeks ago 3.5
clinging to post
Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 13 July 2009 2 years ago 3.3
Adult feeding in tree.
Locality Adi Keyh, Southern Region, Eritrea (ssp abyssinicus)
Jason Anderson 9 November 2008 4 years ago 3.1
Juvenile in tree, part of a feeding party.
Locality Hawatsu, Southern Region, Eritrea
Jason Anderson 9 November 2008 4 years ago 2.8
A young male Black-billed Woodhoopoe foraging.
Locality Ziway, Ethiopia
Christian Boix Hinzen 8 November 2009 5 years ago 0
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