Finches (Fringillidae)

Oriole Finch (Linurgus olivaceus) - HBW 15, p. 541

French: Linurge loriot German: Pirolgimpel Spanish: Canario Oropéndola

Taxonomy: Coccothraustes olivaceus Fraser, 1843, Clarence, Bioko Island.
Genus may have closer affinities with some Palearctic Carduelis species than is otherwise apparent. Present arrangement of races possibly comprises more than one species, but a more detailed and comprehensive analysis of all populations is required before determining species limits. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • olivaceus ( Fraser, 1843) - SE Nigeria, W Cameroon and Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • prigoginei Schouteden, 1950 - E DRCongo, extreme SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
  • elgonensis van Someren, 1918 - SE Sudan, E Uganda and W & C Kenya.
  • kilimensis ( Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) - extreme S Kenya (Mt Ol Doinyo Orok, in Namanga Hills), Tanzania and N Malawi.

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