Many-coloured Bush-shrike (Chlorophoneus multicolor) - HBW 14, p. 114
French: Gonolek multicolore
Spanish: Bubú Multicolor
Other common names: Four-coloured Bush-shrike
Taxonomy: Laniarius multicolor G. R. Gray, 1845, no locality = Accra, Ghana.
Genus sometimes subsumed in Malaconotus or in Telophorus. Forms a superspecies with C. nigrifrons and possibly conspecific with it. Occurs in five basic colour morphs with additional six variants, present in varying proportions throughout range and interbreeding freely. Although geographical variation partly obscured by polymorphism, several characters enable differentiation of races. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- multicolor ( G. R. Gray, 1845) - SW Mali, Sierra Leone, SE Guinea and Liberia E, discontinuously, to W Cameroon.
- batesi Sharpe, 1908 - patchily S Cameroon, NE Gabon, NW & SW PRCongo, NW Angola, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo (Ituri) and W Uganda (Kibale).
- graueri ( E. J. O. Hartert, 1908) - montane forests of E DRCongo (Kivu S to Itombwe), SW Uganda and W Rwanda (Nyungwe).
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