Black-headed Gonolek (Laniarius erythrogaster) - HBW 14, p. 111
French: Gonolek à ventre rouge
Spanish: Bubú Cabecinegro
Other common names: Abyssinian/Red-bellied Gonolek, Black-headed Bush-shrike, Barbary Shrike
Taxonomy: Lanius erythrogaster Cretzschmar, 1829, Kordofan, Sudan.
Was formerly held to compose a superspecies with L. atrococcineus, L. barbarus and L. mufumbiri, some authors including L. atroflavus in this group. Recent molecular-genetic studies indicate that this species is sufficiently closely related to L. barbarus for the two to be regarded as a superspecies, that L. mufumbiri and L. atroflavus are a sister-group in same lineage, and that the four are only distantly related to L. atrococcineus. Monotypic.
Distribution: NE Nigeria, S Chad, N & C Cameroon (S to Adamawa Plateau) and N Central African Republic E to E Sudan, W Eritrea and W Ethiopia, S to E DRCongo, N Tanzania and W Kenya; also in SE DRCongo (Lualaba valley from about Kabalo S to L Kisale and Bukama).
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A bird in a tree, singing Locality Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 August 2006 7 years ago 25 sec 4.8
A bird foraging on the ground Locality Masaka, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 14 September 2006 7 years ago 44 sec 4.4
bird rooming around Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 23 September 2010 3 years ago 31 sec 4
A bird on a bush singing and flying away Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 7 years ago 10 sec 4
bird on a bush Locality Kisumu, Lake Victoria, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 24 November 2013 30 weeks ago 16 sec 3.4
A bird singing from a tree top Locality Mweya Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 7 years ago 29 sec 3
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A perched bird
Locality Mabamba Wetland, Uganda
Krzysztof Blachowiak 12 February 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Perched low in a tree.
Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 27 February 2014 10 weeks ago 4
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 13 June 2013 1 year ago 3.8
A bird searching for food.
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Veronika Patrovska Verner... 17 August 2013 47 weeks ago 3.7
A bird in a scrub
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Krzysztof Blachowiak 15 February 2011 2 years ago 3.6
Adult in tree
Locality Kibungo, East Province, Rwanda
Jason Anderson 22 November 2009 3 years ago 3.5