Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Large Wood-shrike (Tephrodornis virgatus) - HBW 10, p. 121

French: Téphrodorne bridé German: Großer Raupenwürger Spanish: Ceniciento Grande
Other common names: Brown-tailed/Hook-billed Wood-shrike/Greybird

Taxonomy: Lanius virgatus Temminck, 1824, Java.
Taxonomic position of genus uncertain; data derived from DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it is closer to Prionopidae and should perhaps be placed in that family, but such treatment considered premature without further research and corroborative evidence. Species sometimes referred to by older specific name of gularis, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Race sylvicola sometimes elevated to species rank on basis of differences in plumage and voice, and has been suggested that, for same reasons, pelvicus should also be treated as a separate species; review of whole c.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lanius virgatus Temminck, 1824, Java.
Taxonomic position of genus uncertain; data derived from DNA-DNA hybridization indicate that it is closer to Prionopidae and should perhaps be placed in that family, but such treatment considered premature without further research and corroborative evidence. Species sometimes referred to by older specific name of gularis, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Race sylvicola sometimes elevated to species rank on basis of differences in plumage and voice, and has been suggested that, for same reasons, pelvicus should also be treated as a separate species; review of whole complex required. Eleven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sylvicola Jerdon, 1839 - Western Ghats of India.
  • pelvicus (Hodgson, 1837) - E Himalayas from N India E to N, NE & SW Myanmar, also E India (Eastern Ghats).
  • jugans Deignan, 1948 - E Myanmar, S China (SW Yunnan) and NW Thailand (S to N Tak).

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  • sylvicola Jerdon, 1839 - Western Ghats of India.
  • pelvicus (Hodgson, 1837) - E Himalayas from N India E to N, NE & SW Myanmar, also E India (Eastern Ghats).
  • jugans Deignan, 1948 - E Myanmar, S China (SW Yunnan) and NW Thailand (S to N Tak).
  • latouchei Kinnear, 1925 - S & SE China (W & SE Yunnan, Guizhov, Guangxi, N Guangdong, C & E Fujian).
  • hainanus Ogilvie-Grant, 1910 - N Laos, N Vietnam and Hainan I.
  • vernayi Kinnear, 1924 - SE Myanmar (S to N Tenasserim) and SW Thailand.
  • annectens Robinson & Kloss, 1918 - S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and S Thailand.
  • mekongensis Meyer de Schauensee, 1946 - E & SE Thailand, S Laos, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
  • fretensis Robinson & Kloss, 1920 - SE peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia (S from Perlis and Narathiwat) and N Sumatra.
  • virgatus (Temminck, 1824) - S & SW Sumatra and Java.
  • frenatus Büttikofer, 1887 - Borneo.