Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Slate-coloured Boubou (Laniarius funebris) - HBW 14, p. 100

French: Gonolek ardoisé German: Trauerwürger Spanish: Bubú Fúnebre

Taxonomy: Dryoscopus funebris Hartlaub, 1863, Meninga ["Unyamwesi area of Tanganyika Territory"], west-central Tanzania.
Recent molecular research indicates that this species constitutes a more recent branch within the genus than do L. poensis and L. fuelleborni and far more recent one than L. leucorhynchus. Race degener intergrades with nominate in coastal regions, S Kenya and NE Tanzania (E of Mt Kilimanjaro). Proposed race atrocoeruleus (from NE Ethiopia and N Somalia) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • funebris ( Hartlaub, 1863) - NW Somalia and S through C Ethiopia to SE Sudan, SW & extreme E Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • degener Hilgert, 1912 - C & S Ethiopia and S Somalia, SE Kenya and NE Tanzania (E of Mt Kilimanjaro).