Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Lagden's Bush-shrike (Malaconotus lagdeni) - HBW 14, p. 88

French: Gladiateur de Lagden German: Lagdenw├╝rger Spanish: Gladiador de Lagden

Taxonomy: Laniarius lagdeni Sharpe, 1884, "Ashantee" (Kumasi), south Ghana.
Forms a superspecies with M. blanchoti and M. monteiri, with M. cruentus sometimes included in same group; voice suggests that it is closest to M. cruentus, with which it overlaps in range. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lagdeni ( Sharpe, 1884) - SE Sierra Leone E to Ghana, possibly to Togo.
  • centralis Neumann, 1920 - E DRCongo, W Uganda and W Rwanda.