Oriole Finch (Linurgus olivaceus) - HBW 15, p. 541
French: Linurge loriot
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male in the hand Locality Bioko (ssp olivaceus)
Ramón Antor 1986 12 years ago 21 sec 3
A male feeding on the ground Locality Bioko (ssp olivaceus)
Ramón Antor 1986 12 years ago 17 sec 2.9
A bird perched on a branch in a tree Locality Bioko (ssp olivaceus)
Ramón Antor 1986 12 years ago 18 sec 2.7
A close up of a male in the hand Locality Bioko (ssp olivaceus)
Ramón Antor 1986 12 years ago 14 sec 1.9
Adult male feeding near forest edge.
Locality Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya (ssp elgonensis)
Oliver Fowler 3 February 2012 15 weeks ago 4.5
A male in breeding plumage
Locality Mount Cameroon, Southwest Province, Cameroon (Monotypic species)
Arti 25 February 2012 2 years ago 3.7
Oriole finch male in breeding aviary, Cape Town, South Africa. Captive bred, about 8 months out of the nest. Simon Espley
Locality Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Simon Espley 26 April 2008 5 years ago 3
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