Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Grey-headed Bush-shrike (Malaconotus blanchoti) - HBW 14, p. 87

French: Gladiateur de Blanchot German: Graukopfwürger Spanish: Gladiador Cabecigrís

Taxonomy: Malaconotus blanchoti Stephens, 1826, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with M. monteiri and M. lagdeni, with M. cruentus sometimes included in same group; has been regarded as conspecific with M. monteiri. All races intergrade at common boundaries; size decreases clinally from N to S. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • blanchoti Stephens, 1826 - Senegal E to N Cameroon.
  • catharoxanthus Neumann, 1899 - N Cameroon E to Ethiopia (N and W of Rift Valley), Eritrea, Uganda and W Kenya.
  • approximans ( Cabanis, 1869) - Ethiopia (S and E of Rift Valley), Somalia, Kenya and N Tanzania.

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  • blanchoti Stephens, 1826 - Senegal E to N Cameroon.
  • catharoxanthus Neumann, 1899 - N Cameroon E to Ethiopia (N and W of Rift Valley), Eritrea, Uganda and W Kenya.
  • approximans ( Cabanis, 1869) - Ethiopia (S and E of Rift Valley), Somalia, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • interpositus E. J. O. Hartert, 1911 - Angola, SE DRCongo (Katanga) and N & W Zambia (Mporokoso; North-Western Province).
  • citrinipectus Meise, 1968 - SW Angola and extreme N Namibia (Cunene valley and N Ovamboland).
  • hypopyrrhus Hartlaub, 1844 - from Rwanda, Tanzania and C & S Zambia S to NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and E South Africa (near Durban).
  • extremus Clancey, 1957 - coastal South Africa from S of Durban S to St Francis Bay.