Barbets (Capitonidae)

Spot-flanked Barbet (Tricholaema lacrymosa) - HBW 7, p. 188

French: Barbican funèbre German: Tränenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Lacrimoso
Other common names: Spotted-flanked Barbet

Taxonomy: Tricholaema lacrymosa Cabanis, 1878, Athi River, central Kenya.
Closely related to T. melanocephala, but the two are considered not close enough to form a superspecies. Apparently quite closely affiliated also with the superspecies that includes T. diademata, T. frontata and T. leucomelas. Species name sometimes misspelt as lachrymosa. Races only weakly differentiated; proposed race narokensis, from Doinyo Narok (Kenya), included within nominate; birds from EC Tanzania, described as race ruahae, now considered inseparable from radcliffei. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lacrymosa Cabanis, 1878 - NE Zaire to S Sudan and C Kenya, and S to C Uganda and NE Tanzania.
  • radcliffei Ogilvie-Grant, 1904 - E Zaire and S Uganda to WC Kenya, S to Burundi, NE Zambia and SW Tanzania.