Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Short-billed Tetraka (Xanthomixis zosterops) - HBW 10, p. 249

French: Bulbul à bec court German: Kurzschnabelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Piquicorto
Other common names: Short-billed/Spectacled Greenbul

Taxonomy: Bernieria zosterops Sharpe, 1875, Madagascar.
Relationships of genus with rest of family uncertain. Genus previously merged with Bernieria, but recent mitochondrial DNA sequence data indicate that the five species then involved are not a monophyletic group. Hence, this species and its relatives better placed in present genus. Thought probable, on basis of similarities in plumage pattern, that present species is most closely related to little-known X. tenebrosus. Proposed races andapae (Andapa) and ankafanae (Ankafana Forest, in Fianarantsoa) are poorly differentiated, and thus treated as synonyms of nominate. T.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Bernieria zosterops Sharpe, 1875, Madagascar.
Relationships of genus with rest of family uncertain. Genus previously merged with Bernieria, but recent mitochondrial DNA sequence data indicate that the five species then involved are not a monophyletic group. Hence, this species and its relatives better placed in present genus. Thought probable, on basis of similarities in plumage pattern, that present species is most closely related to little-known X. tenebrosus. Proposed races andapae (Andapa) and ankafanae (Ankafana Forest, in Fianarantsoa) are poorly differentiated, and thus treated as synonyms of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fulvescens (Delacour, 1931) - Montagne d'Ambre, in N Madagascar.
  • zosterops (Sharpe, 1875) - E & SW Madagascar (Manongarivo and Tsaratanana Massif S to Tolagnaro, also isolated population at Analavelona).

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