Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Evergreen-forest Warbler (Bradypterus lopezi) - HBW 11, p. 600

French: Bouscarle de Lopes German: Lopesbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero de Lopes
Other common names: Lopes’s Warbler; Cameroon scrub-warbler (camerunensis); Fernando Po Scrub-warbler (lopezi)

Taxonomy: Phlexis lopezi Alexander, 1903, Moka, Bioko Island.
Has been treated as conspecific with B. barratti, but differs in habitat preference, song and tail morphology (ten rather narrow rectrices). These two species and B. cinnamomeus and B. bangwaensis make up a group of similar Afrotropical sylviids of forest and forest edge. Races comprise two groups, W “nominate group” (including also camerunensis and barakae) and E & S “mariae group” (remaining races); these are sometimes regarded as two separate species, but they are similar in voice and tail structure. Race ufipae formerly treated .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Phlexis lopezi Alexander, 1903, Moka, Bioko Island.
Has been treated as conspecific with B. barratti, but differs in habitat preference, song and tail morphology (ten rather narrow rectrices). These two species and B. cinnamomeus and B. bangwaensis make up a group of similar Afrotropical sylviids of forest and forest edge. Races comprise two groups, W “nominate group” (including also camerunensis and barakae) and E & S “mariae group” (remaining races); these are sometimes regarded as two separate species, but they are similar in voice and tail structure. Race ufipae formerly treated under B. cinnamomeus on account of close plumage similarity to latter. Proposed race “manengubae” (Mt Manenguba, Cameroon) theoretically belonging to present species is probably a variant form of B. bangwaensis. Original spelling “lopezi” was emended by the describer himself later in same year to “lopesi”, as intended to honour the original collector, but this is an unjustified emendation; prevailing usage also appears to be heavily in favour of retaining “lopezi” as the correct name. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lopezi (Alexander, 1903) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • camerunensis Alexander, 1909 - Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
  • barakae Sharpe, 1906 - E DRCongo (Ruwenzoris, Kivu Volcanoes, Itombwe, Upemba National Park) and highlands of SW Uganda and N Rwanda.

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  • lopezi (Alexander, 1903) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • camerunensis Alexander, 1909 - Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
  • barakae Sharpe, 1906 - E DRCongo (Ruwenzoris, Kivu Volcanoes, Itombwe, Upemba National Park) and highlands of SW Uganda and N Rwanda.
  • mariae Madarász, 1905 - Kenya (W & C Highlands, Chyulus) and N Tanzania (Oldeani E to Kilimanjaro).
  • usambarae Reichenow, 1917 - SE Kenya (Taitas), E & S Tanzania (N Pares and Usambaras S to Mbeya, Njombe, Mt Rungwe and Songea), NE Zambia (Nyika Plateau), N Malawi (N Nyika) and N Mozambique (Uwango).
  • ufipae (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1941) - SW Tanzania (Ufipa plateau, Mbisi forest), SE DRCongo (Murungu plateau) and N Zambia.
  • granti Benson, 1939 - Malawi (S of Nyika) and N Mozambique (Mt Chipperone).
  • boultoni Chapin, 1948 - W Angola (highlands of S Cuanza Sul, Huambo and N Huíla).
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