Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Lesser Bristlebill (Bleda notatus) - HBW 10, p. 219

French: Bulbul jaunelore German: Kleiner Gr├╝nschwanzbleda Spanish: Bulbul Manchado

Taxonomy: Trichophorus notatus Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Until recently treated as a race of B. eximius, but acoustic and morphological data indicate that it is a separate species; taxonomic confusion resulted in uncertainty over which of the two was involved in published observations in some of the earlier literature. As a consequence of these findings, considered to form a superspecies with B. canicapillus. Molecular evidence from more recent work supports these treatments. It further suggests that race ugandae may also merit species rank, a view reinforced by some morphological and (less convincingly) acoustic data; additiona.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Trichophorus notatus Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Until recently treated as a race of B. eximius, but acoustic and morphological data indicate that it is a separate species; taxonomic confusion resulted in uncertainty over which of the two was involved in published observations in some of the earlier literature. As a consequence of these findings, considered to form a superspecies with B. canicapillus. Molecular evidence from more recent work supports these treatments. It further suggests that race ugandae may also merit species rank, a view reinforced by some morphological and (less convincingly) acoustic data; additional study required. Species name sometimes given as notata, but genus is masculine. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • notatus (Cassin, 1856) - extreme SE Nigeria and Bioko I E to SW Central African Republic, S to lower R Congo.
  • ugandae van Someren, 1915 - SE Central African Republic, DRCongo (except lower reaches of R Congo), extreme SW Sudan and Uganda.

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