Slate-coloured Boubou (Laniarius funebris) - HBW 14, p. 100
French: Gonolek ardoisé
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A pair duetting from dead branches. Locality Genale Valley, Ethiopia (ssp degener)
Keith Blomerley 12 November 2013 2 years ago 27 sec 4.6
A bird on top of a bush and flying away. Locality Afar Plains, Afar Region, Ethiopia (ssp degener)
Josep del Hoyo 27 November 2005 9 years ago 20 sec 4.5
perched on bush looking around, jumps down Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp degener)
Martin Kennewell 2 November 2010 5 years ago 20 sec 4.3
calling in treetop Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp degener)
Martin Kennewell 2 November 2010 5 years ago 21 sec 4.2
A bird in a tangle, singing Locality Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia (ssp degener)
Josep del Hoyo 17 December 2005 9 years ago 29 sec 3.9
A bird looking around on a bush Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp degener)
Rigdon Currie 31 December 2002 7 years ago 10 sec 3.3
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A perched bird
Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Paul van Giersbergen 6 November 2014 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.9
A bird eating a moth
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Piotr Jonczyk 21 November 2009 6 years ago 4.4
A perched bird.
Locality Laikipia Plateau, Kenya
Tadeusz Rosinski 2 December 2014 1 year ago 4.3
A bird on a trunk.
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Adam Riley 10 March 2011 1 year ago 4.3
A bird perched.
Locality Ndutu Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Tanzania
Adam Riley 3 March 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Bird standing on a branch exhibiting anxiety at another duet being sung across a road.
Locality Nairobi National Park, Kenya (ssp funebris)
James Kashangaki 29 December 2015 5 weeks ago 4