Orioles (Oriolidae)

Green-headed Oriole (Oriolus chlorocephalus) - HBW 13, p. 727

French: Loriot à tête verte German: Grünkopfpirol Spanish: Oropéndola Cabeciverde

Taxonomy: Oriolus chlorocephalus Shelley, 1896, Mount Chiradzulu, south Malawi.
Despite being green-headed, this species is considered to be part of the “African black-headed group” along with O. crassirostris, O. brachyrhynchus, O. monacha, O. percivali, O. larvatus and O. nigripennis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • amani Benson, 1946 - patchily in SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
  • chlorocephalus Shelley, 1896 - S Malawi and C Mozambique (Mt Chipperone).
  • speculifer Wolters & Clancey, 1969 - SC Mozambique (Mt Gorongosa).

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