Barbets (Capitonidae)

Green Barbet (Stactolaema olivacea) - HBW 7, p. 182

French: Barbican olivâtre German: Olivbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Oliváceo
Other common names: African Green Barbet, Olive Barbet; Woodward’s Barbet (woodwardi)

Taxonomy: Barbatula olivacea Shelley, 1880, Rabai, south-east Kenya.
Sometimes placed in monospecific genus Cryptolybia, but differences in morphology, plumage and some vocalizations are minimal and generally considered quite insufficient to warrant generic separation. Race woodwardi sometimes treated as full species, but its features are shown to some degree in other races, and they are vocally identical. Proposed race hylophona included within woodwardi, though tending towards N races. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • olivacea (Shelley, 1880) - SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • howelli (Jensen & Stuart, 1982) - Udzungwe and Mahenge Mts, in C Tanzania.
  • rungweensis (Benson, 1948) - highlands of SW Tanzania and N Malawi.

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  • olivacea (Shelley, 1880) - SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • howelli (Jensen & Stuart, 1982) - Udzungwe and Mahenge Mts, in C Tanzania.
  • rungweensis (Benson, 1948) - highlands of SW Tanzania and N Malawi.
  • woodwardi Shelley, 1895 - disjunctly in SE Tanzania (Rondo Plateau) and Natal (Ngoye Forest).
  • belcheri (W. L. Sclater, 1927) - NW Mozambique (Mt Namuli) and S Malawi (Mt Thyolo).
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