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 10 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 8 years ago 10 sec 3.3
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A perched bird
Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Paul van Giersbergen 6 November 2014 19 weeks ago 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 21 weeks ago 4