Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Southern Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus) - HBW 14, p. 106

French: Gonolek boubou German: Flötenwürger Spanish: Bubú Ferrugíneo
Other common names: Ferrugin(e)ous Bush-shrike/Boubou, African Bush-shrike/Boubou

Taxonomy: Lanius ferrugineus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Has been treated as conspecific with L. aethiopicus, L. turatii, L. sublacteus and L. bicolor; genetically closest to L. sublacteus and perhaps forming a superspecies with it, but somewhat less closely allied with L. bicolor and a little farther removed from L. aethiopicus and L. turatii. Where present species and L. aethiopicus meet, in R Limpopo valley (in N South Africa and Mozambique), their races are very similar and may hybridize and intergrade; but along R Runde, in Zimbabwe, race savensis of present species overlaps.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lanius ferrugineus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Has been treated as conspecific with L. aethiopicus, L. turatii, L. sublacteus and L. bicolor; genetically closest to L. sublacteus and perhaps forming a superspecies with it, but somewhat less closely allied with L. bicolor and a little farther removed from L. aethiopicus and L. turatii. Where present species and L. aethiopicus meet, in R Limpopo valley (in N South Africa and Mozambique), their races are very similar and may hybridize and intergrade; but along R Runde, in Zimbabwe, race savensis of present species overlaps with the larger race limpopoensis of L. aethiopicus without interbreeding. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • savensis da Rosa Pinto, 1963 - SE Zimbabwe (lower R Runde) and S Mozambique (R Save valley).
  • transvaalensis Roberts, 1922 - SE Botswana (Gaborone and Lobatse areas) and lowlands of N South Africa (N North West Province and Limpopo Province, excluding Limpopo Valley, S to E Mpumalanga and N KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
  • tongensis Roberts, 1931 - SE & extreme S Mozambique (E Sul do Save and Lebombo Range), and E South Africa (coastal KwaZulu-Natal, including L St Lucia).

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  • savensis da Rosa Pinto, 1963 - SE Zimbabwe (lower R Runde) and S Mozambique (R Save valley).
  • transvaalensis Roberts, 1922 - SE Botswana (Gaborone and Lobatse areas) and lowlands of N South Africa (N North West Province and Limpopo Province, excluding Limpopo Valley, S to E Mpumalanga and N KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
  • tongensis Roberts, 1931 - SE & extreme S Mozambique (E Sul do Save and Lebombo Range), and E South Africa (coastal KwaZulu-Natal, including L St Lucia).
  • natalensis Roberts, 1922 - E & S South Africa (W & S KwaZulu-Natal S to extreme SW Eastern Cape at Plettenburg Bay).
  • pondoensis Roberts, 1922 - coastal forests of E Transkei (Pondoland), in NE Eastern Cape.
  • ferrugineus ( J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - S Western Cape (E to Plettenberg Bay).