Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer) - HBW 11, p. 285

French: Tchitrec à ventre roux German: Senegalparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca-colilargo Ventrirrojo
Other common names: Annobon Paradise-flycatcher (smithii)

Taxonomy: Muscipeta rufiventer Swainson, 1837, Senegal.
Often considered conspecific with T. bedfordi, but hybridization restricted to very narrow zone of overlap, where that species and race ignea interbreed at low rate; the two differ also in morphology and other characters. Has hybridized also with T. batesi and T. viridis. Race smithii often considered a separate species. Races intergrade. Eleven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufiventer (Swainson, 1837) - Senegal, Gambia and W Guinea.
  • nigriceps (Hartlaub, 1855) - Sierra Leone and Guinea E to Togo and SW Benin.
  • fagani (Bannerman, 1921) - Benin and SW Nigeria.

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  • rufiventer (Swainson, 1837) - Senegal, Gambia and W Guinea.
  • nigriceps (Hartlaub, 1855) - Sierra Leone and Guinea E to Togo and SW Benin.
  • fagani (Bannerman, 1921) - Benin and SW Nigeria.
  • tricolor (Fraser, 1843) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
  • smithii (Fraser, 1843) - Annobón I.
  • neumanni Stresemann, 1924 - SE Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon S to NW Angola (Cabinda).
  • schubotzi (Reichenow, 1911) - SE Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and NE PRCongo.
  • mayombe (Chapin, 1932) - S PRCongo and W DRCongo.
  • ignea (Reichenow, 1901) - SE Central African Republic and DRCongo S to NE Angola and NW Zambia.
  • somereni Chapin, 1948 - W & S Uganda.
  • emini Reichenow, 1893 - SE Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.