Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Monteiro's Bush-shrike (Malaconotus monteiri) - HBW 14, p. 88

French: Gladiateur de Monteiro German: Monteirowürger Spanish: Gladiador de Monteiro

Taxonomy: Laniarius monteiri Sharpe, 1870, Dande River, Luanda, Angola.
Forms a superspecies with M. blanchoti and M. lagdeni, with M. cruentus sometimes included in same group; has been regarded as conspecific with M. blanchoti, and nominate race has been considered to be a colour morph of M. cruentus. Barely known in Cameroon, where supposedly larger-billed and yellower race perspicillatus may be only a colour morph of M. gladiator; historical specimen from Kivu, in E DRCongo, cautiously attributed to perspicillatus; single specimen (now lost) from Kakamega, in SW Kenya, resembled both nominate race of pre.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Laniarius monteiri Sharpe, 1870, Dande River, Luanda, Angola.
Forms a superspecies with M. blanchoti and M. lagdeni, with M. cruentus sometimes included in same group; has been regarded as conspecific with M. blanchoti, and nominate race has been considered to be a colour morph of M. cruentus. Barely known in Cameroon, where supposedly larger-billed and yellower race perspicillatus may be only a colour morph of M. gladiator; historical specimen from Kivu, in E DRCongo, cautiously attributed to perspicillatus; single specimen (now lost) from Kakamega, in SW Kenya, resembled both nominate race of present species and race catharoxanthus of M. blanchoti. Species sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies provisionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perspicillatus ( Reichenow, 1894) - SW Cameroon (Mt Cameroon).
  • monteiri ( Sharpe, 1870) - NW Angola (Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, possibly Huambo); possibly also extreme N Namibia.

  • Near Threatened
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