Barbets (Capitonidae)

Red-fronted Barbet (Tricholaema diademata) - HBW 7, p. 187

French: Barbican à diadème German: Diadembartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Diademado

Taxonomy: Pogonorhynchus diadematus Heuglin, 1861, Upper White Nile, Ethiopia.
Forms a superspecies with T. frontata and T. leucomelas, and all three have in the past been considered conspecific; all respond strongly to playback of each other’s song. Fairly closely related also to T. lacrymosa. Races weakly differentiated; birds from NE Uganda E to Mt Kenya, described as race musta, now considered inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • diademata (Heuglin, 1861) - SE Sudan and NC Ethiopia S to SE Uganda and C Kenya.
  • massaica (Reichenow, 1887) - SC Kenya S to SW & C Tanzania.

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