Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Straight-billed Green Sunbird (Anthreptes rectirostris) - HBW 13, p. 252

French: Souimanga à bec droit German: Goldband-Nektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga Piquirrecto
Other common names: Green Sunbird, Banded(!)/Banded Green/Green-backed/Western Green Sunbird; Yellow-chinned Sunbird (rectirostris); Grey-chinned Sunbird (tephrolaemus)

Taxonomy: Certhia rectirostris Shaw, 1811, no locality = Ashanti, Ghana.
Forms a superspecies with A. rubritorques. Races sometimes treated as two distinct species. Proposed race amadoni (from Rumpi Hills, in W Cameroon) considered insufficiently distinct from tephrolaemus, differing from latter only in slightly smaller size; description of pujoli (from Guinea) is based on a juvenile specimen of nominate race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rectirostris (Shaw, 1811) - extreme S Mali, Sierra Leone and E & SE Guinea E to Ghana.
  • tephrolaemus (Jardine & Fraser, 1851) - SE Benin and S Nigeria E, including Bioko I (Fernando Póo), to S Central African Republic, DRCongo, S Uganda and W Kenya, S to NW Angola and NW Tanzania; also S Sudan (Imatong Mts).

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