Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Leaf-love (Pyrrhurus scandens) - HBW 10, p. 211

French: Bulbul à queue rousse German: Uferbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Colirrojizo
Other common names: African/Common Leaflove

Taxonomy: Phyllastrephus scandens Swainson, 1837, West Africa.
Often included in Phyllastrephus, and has even been suggested as forming a superspecies with two members of that genus (P. fischeri and P. cabanisi), but relationship seems remote and, further, it differs in plumage and colour pattern. On basis of bill shape, voice and behaviour, appears more closely allied to Thescelocichla leucopleura and Chlorocichla flavicollis. Until more is known of its affinities, it seems preferable to retain present species in its own, monotypic genus. Proposed races acedis (described from R Ogobai, in Gabon) and up.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Phyllastrephus scandens Swainson, 1837, West Africa.
Often included in Phyllastrephus, and has even been suggested as forming a superspecies with two members of that genus (P. fischeri and P. cabanisi), but relationship seems remote and, further, it differs in plumage and colour pattern. On basis of bill shape, voice and behaviour, appears more closely allied to Thescelocichla leucopleura and Chlorocichla flavicollis. Until more is known of its affinities, it seems preferable to retain present species in its own, monotypic genus. Proposed races acedis (described from R Ogobai, in Gabon) and upembae (S DRCongo) considered not satisfactorily distinguishable from orientalis (former on average darker above with more rufous tail, latter with paler browner tail). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • scandens (Swainson, 1837) - Gambia and SW Senegal, E Guinea-Bissau and W Guinea E to N Cameroon.
  • orientalis (Hartlaub, 1883) - N Cameroon E to extreme S Sudan, and S to S PRCongo and W & S DRCongo (scattered localities in Kwango, Kasai and Katanga); also C Uganda, extreme NE Rwanda and extreme W Tanzania.

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