Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike (Malaconotus cruentus) - HBW 14, p. 86

French: Gladiateur ensanglanté German: Blutbrustwürger Spanish: Gladiador Cruento

Taxonomy: Vanga cruenta Lesson, 1831, Cape of Good Hope; error = Cape Coast, Ghana.
Sometimes treated as part of the superspecies formed by M. blanchoti, M. monteiri and M. lagdeni; nominate race of M. monteiri has been thought to be a colour morph of present species; largely sympatric with M. lagdeni, so best regarded as separate species. Geographical variation not understood; of five races named, based on extent and depth of orange or red suffusion of breast, and on size (slightly decreasing from W to E), only "nominate" (Sierra Leone E to SE Nigeria), gabonensis (SW Cameroon and Gabon) and adolfifriederici (PRCongo, S Centr.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Vanga cruenta Lesson, 1831, Cape of Good Hope; error = Cape Coast, Ghana.
Sometimes treated as part of the superspecies formed by M. blanchoti, M. monteiri and M. lagdeni; nominate race of M. monteiri has been thought to be a colour morph of present species; largely sympatric with M. lagdeni, so best regarded as separate species. Geographical variation not understood; of five races named, based on extent and depth of orange or red suffusion of breast, and on size (slightly decreasing from W to E), only "nominate" (Sierra Leone E to SE Nigeria), gabonensis (SW Cameroon and Gabon) and adolfifriederici (PRCongo, S Central African Republic, N & E DRCongo and W Uganda) possibly worthy of recognition. Most or all populations, however, exhibit individual variation in amount of yellow/orange/red/scarlet below, and species probably polymorphic, rather than polytypic. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: Sierra Leone E, discontinuously, to SE Nigeria, SW & S Cameroon, Gabon, N & SW PRCongo, S Central African Republic, N & E DRCongo (S to Itombwe) and W Uganda (Semliki Forest).

  • Least Concern
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