Orioles (Oriolidae)

Black-winged Oriole (Oriolus nigripennis) - HBW 13, p. 729

French: Loriot à ailes noires German: Schwarzflügelpirol Spanish: Oropéndola Alinegra

Taxonomy: Oriolus nigripennis J. Verreaux and É. Verreaux, 1855, Gabon River.
Belongs to the “African black-headed group”, which also includes O. chlorocephalus, O. crassirostris, O. brachyrhynchus, O. monacha, O. percivali and O. larvatus. Proposed race leucostictus (described from Beni, in NE DRCongo) synonymized with nominate. Boundary between the two races uncertain, but probably R Niger, in Nigeria. Species often treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • alleni Amadon, 1953 - Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SW Nigeria.
  • nigripennis J. Verreaux & É. Verreaux, 1855 - SE Nigeria and S Cameroon E to S Sudan and NW Uganda, S to NW Angola; also Bioko I (Fernando Póo).