Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Gorgeous Bush-shrike (Telophorus viridis) - HBW 14, p. 118

French: Gonolek vert German: Perrinw├╝rger Spanish: Bubú Verde
Other common names: Four-coloured Bush-shrike; Perrin's/Perkins's Bush-shrike (viridis)

Taxonomy: Laniarius viridis Vieillot, 1817, Malimbe (= Malembo), Cabinda, Angola.
Molecular-genetic studies suggest that genus is more closely allied to Chlorophoneus and Laniarius than to the clade formed by Malaconotus, Dryoscopus and Tchagra, although has been thought to link arboreal Chlorophoneus and semi-terrestrial Tchagra. Present species forms a superspecies with T. dohertyi; the two have conventionally been grouped in Chlorophoneus, but studies of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA support their placement in present genus. Green-bellied nominate race in W of range formerly treated as a separate species, di.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Laniarius viridis Vieillot, 1817, Malimbe (= Malembo), Cabinda, Angola.
Molecular-genetic studies suggest that genus is more closely allied to Chlorophoneus and Laniarius than to the clade formed by Malaconotus, Dryoscopus and Tchagra, although has been thought to link arboreal Chlorophoneus and semi-terrestrial Tchagra. Present species forms a superspecies with T. dohertyi; the two have conventionally been grouped in Chlorophoneus, but studies of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA support their placement in present genus. Green-bellied nominate race in W of range formerly treated as a separate species, distinct from the three yellow-bellied races in E, but all are vocally very similar. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • viridis ( Vieillot, 1817) - SE Gabon, SW PRCongo, W & E Angola (including Cabinda), SW & S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
  • nigricauda ( S. R. Clarke, 1913) - extreme S Somalia, SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
  • quartus ( Clancey, 1960) - S Malawi, E Zimbabwe and W & S Mozambique.
  • quadricolor (Cassin, 1851) - NE South Africa (N & E Limpopo S to NE Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.