Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Green Crombec (Sylvietta virens) - HBW 11, p. 688

French: Crombec vert German: Grünmantelsylvietta Spanish: Crombec Verde
Other common names: Green Sylvetta; Yellow-bellied Crombec (flaviventris)

Taxonomy: Sylvietta virens Cassin, 1859, Setté Cama, Gabon.
Race flaviventris sometimes thought to represent a separate species, but intergrades with nominate in Nigeria (around lower R Niger). Proposed race meridionalis (from NW Angola) synonymized with tando. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flaviventris (Sharpe, 1877) - Gambia, S Senegal, S Mali, and S Guinea S to Liberia and E to SW Nigeria.
  • virens Cassin, 1859 - SE Nigeria E to SW Central African Republic, S to Gabon and middle R Congo.
  • baraka (Sharpe, 1897) - DRCongo (E of middle R Congo) E to S Sudan (Bengangai Forest, Imatongs), W & S Uganda and W Kenya (Busia District), S to extreme NE Angola, Rwanda, Burundi and extreme NW Tanzania (Bukoba).
  • tando W. L. Sclater, 1927 - S PRCongo and lower R Congo S to NW Angola (Cabinda, and Uige S to Luanda, Malanje and N Cuanza Sul).