Black-winged Oriole (Oriolus nigripennis) - HBW 13, p. 729
French: Loriot à ailes noires
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map