Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Black Cuckoo-shrike (Campephaga flava) - HBW 10, p. 108

French: Échenilleur à épaulettes jaunes German: Mohrenraupenfresser Spanish: Oruguero Hombroamarillo
Other common names: African Black Cuckoo-shrike

Taxonomy: Campephaga flava Vieillot, 1817, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with C. petiti and C. phoenicea. Possible hybridization with C. petiti in NW Angola and E DRCongo (L Kivu) is suggested on the basis of observations of females or young males having barred underparts with a strong yellow wash. Where breeding range overlaps with that of C. phoenicea (in SW Ethiopia and W Kenya), no intermediate males have been reported; some females of present species from C & E Kenya (outside range of C. phoenicea) have yellow in tail intermediate in extent between typical females of the two species; in areas where m.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Campephaga flava Vieillot, 1817, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with C. petiti and C. phoenicea. Possible hybridization with C. petiti in NW Angola and E DRCongo (L Kivu) is suggested on the basis of observations of females or young males having barred underparts with a strong yellow wash. Where breeding range overlaps with that of C. phoenicea (in SW Ethiopia and W Kenya), no intermediate males have been reported; some females of present species from C & E Kenya (outside range of C. phoenicea) have yellow in tail intermediate in extent between typical females of the two species; in areas where males and females of both species occur, all three female tail patterns are found, but differences are not clearly enough defined to point to further intergradation, although interbreeding may indeed occur. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Sudan and SW Ethiopia S to Uganda, Kenya and S Somalia, thence S to S DRCongo, Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana and N South Africa and Swaziland, S along coast to Western Cape.