Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Fischer's Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fischeri) - HBW 10, p. 213

French: Bulbul de Fischer German: Fischerbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Fischer

Taxonomy: Criniger Fischeri Reichenow, 1879, Muniuni, near mouth of Tana River, Kenya.
Forms a superspecies with P. cabanisi; has in the past been treated as conspecific, but differs in morphology (plumage, eye colour, bill structure) and voice, and the two recently found to occur together in Tanzania (parts of the Udzungwas). Has also been suggested that both form a superspecies with Pyrrhurus scandens (which sometimes included in present genus), but relationship seems remote. Biometric data for present species indicate a N-S cline of increasing size and weight. Monotypic.

Distribution: Extreme S Somalia (lower R Jubba), coastal Kenya (extending inland along lower R Tana and to Rabai and Shimba), E Tanzania (coastal region, inland to E Usambaras, E Ulugurus and Udzungwas) and NE Mozambique.

  • Least Concern
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