Ethiopian Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus monacha) - HBW 13, p. 728
French: Loriot moine
Spanish: Oropéndola Monje
Other common names: Dark-headed/(Black-headed) Forest Oriole, Abyssinian Oriole
Taxonomy: Turdus monacha J. F. Gmelin, 1789, “Abyssinia” = Eritrea.
Closely related to and perhaps forming a superspecies with O. brachyrhynchus; the two belong to the “African black-headed group”, which also includes O. chlorocephalus, O. crassirostris, O. percivali, O. larvatus and O. nigripennis. The name permistus is considered to be a younger synonym of meneliki. Races intergrade in C Ethiopia. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- monacha (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Eritrea and N Ethiopia.
- meneliki Blundell & Lovat, 1899 - S Ethiopia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Perched in a tree.
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp meneliki)
Ken Havard 8 November 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Bird taking a shower
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia (ssp monacha)
Holger Meinig 9 April 2011 2 years ago 3.8
a bird seen from below
Stefan Helming 24 October 2009 3 years ago 3.5
Bird in a tree
Locality Gambo Forest, Shashamane, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Juan Gonzalez Valdivieso 1 October 2009 2 years ago 2.5