Barbets (Capitonidae)

D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii) - HBW 7, p. 176

French: Barbican d’Arnaud German: Ohrfleck-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Capuchino
Other common names: Maasai/Masai/Usambiro Barbet (usambiro)

Taxonomy: Micropogon darnaudii Prévost and Des Murs, 1850, Kordofan, south Sudan.
Related to the T. margaritatus superspecies, but not very closely. Race usambiro sometimes considered a full species on basis of vocal and other differences, but one of two duet roles is identical to those of other races, and usambiro is no more distinct than are they. Nominate includes proposed race zedlitzi (L Baringo, Kenya). Four subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • darnaudii (Prévost & Des Murs, 1850) - SE Sudan and SW Ethiopia S to NE Uganda and WC Kenya.
  • boehmi Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 - S & E Ethiopia and S Somalia S to EC & SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • usambiro Neumann, 1908 - SW Kenya to CN Tanzania.
  • emini Reichenow, 1891 - NC Tanzania (E to Dar es Salaam suburbs).

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