Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Rosy-patched Shrike (Telophorus cruentus) - HBW 14, p. 120

French: Gonolek à croupion rose German: Rosenwürger Spanish: Bubú Pechirrosado
Other common names: Rosy-patched Bush-shrike; Tsavo Bush-shrike (cathemagmenus)

Taxonomy: Lanius cruentus Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1828, Arkiko, near Massawa, Eritrea.
Molecular-genetic studies suggest that genus is more closely allied to Chlorophoneus and Laniarius than to the clade formed by Malaconotus, Dryoscopus and Tchagra, although has been thought to link arboreal Chlorophoneus and semi-terrestrial Tchagra. Present species was previously placed in latter genus by several authorities or in its own genus Rhodophoneus by several others. Thought to be most closely related to T. zeylonus, which it resembles in plumage pattern, tail shape and pattern, behaviour and voice. Four subspecies recog.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lanius cruentus Hemprich and Ehrenberg, 1828, Arkiko, near Massawa, Eritrea.
Molecular-genetic studies suggest that genus is more closely allied to Chlorophoneus and Laniarius than to the clade formed by Malaconotus, Dryoscopus and Tchagra, although has been thought to link arboreal Chlorophoneus and semi-terrestrial Tchagra. Present species was previously placed in latter genus by several authorities or in its own genus Rhodophoneus by several others. Thought to be most closely related to T. zeylonus, which it resembles in plumage pattern, tail shape and pattern, behaviour and voice. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kordofanicus ( W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918) - W Kordofan, in WC Sudan.
  • cruentus ( Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1828) - NE Sudan, Eritrea and extreme N Ethiopia.
  • hilgerti ( Neumann, 1903) - extreme SE Sudan, C, E & S Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and N & E Kenya.
  • cathemagmenus ( Reichenow, 1887) - S Kenya and NE Tanzania.