Hypocolius (Hypocoliidae)

Hypocolius (Hypocolius ampelinus) - HBW 10, p. 325

French: Hypocolius gris German: Seidenwürger Spanish: Hipocolio
Other common names: Grey Hypocolius

Taxonomy: Hypocolius ampelinus Bonaparte, 1850, “California”; error = coast of Abyssinia.
Relationships uncertain. Often considered to constitute a subfamily, Hypocoliinae, within the family Bombycillidae; suggested by some authors to be closer to Pycnonotidae. Further research required. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds E Iraq, SW & S Iran, S Turkmenistan and W Afghanistan; non-breeding mainly S Iran, S Pakistan, W & C Saudi Arabia and coastal districts of W Gulf States.