Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Icterine Greenbul (Phyllastrephus icterinus) - HBW 10, p. 214

French: Bulbul ictérin German: Zeisigbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Icterino
Other common names: Lesser Icterine Greenbul

Taxonomy: Trichophorus icterinus Bonaparte, 1850, Guinea.
Sibling species of P. xavieri, widely sympatric and very similar in appearance; difficulties in distinguishing the two have in the past led to some taxonomic confusion, and continue to hinder understanding of their respective distributions and ecologies. Relationship with P. lorenzi requires analysis; the two are almost entirely sympatric, closely similar in structure, overlap in dimensions, and appear also to intergrade in crown colour; latter is possibly a melanistic form of present species. Birds in E of range (Cameroon E to Uganda) described as race tricolor, on avera.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Trichophorus icterinus Bonaparte, 1850, Guinea.
Sibling species of P. xavieri, widely sympatric and very similar in appearance; difficulties in distinguishing the two have in the past led to some taxonomic confusion, and continue to hinder understanding of their respective distributions and ecologies. Relationship with P. lorenzi requires analysis; the two are almost entirely sympatric, closely similar in structure, overlap in dimensions, and appear also to intergrade in crown colour; latter is possibly a melanistic form of present species. Birds in E of range (Cameroon E to Uganda) described as race tricolor, on average somewhat greener above and duller yellow below, but not satisfactorily distinguishable as similarly coloured specimens occur elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to Ghana (one record Togo), and from SW Nigeria and Bioko E to SW Central African Republic and S to Gabon, W PRCongo, N Angola (Cabinda) and extreme W DRCongo (Mayombe); also across most of central DRCongo (S to S to Kasai and Kivu) and E to parts of W & S Uganda and extreme NW Tanzania.

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