Orioles (Oriolidae)

Western Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus brachyrhynchus) - HBW 13, p. 727

French: Loriot à tête noire German: Blauflügelpirol Spanish: Oropéndola Cabecinegra
Other common names: Greenish-backed/West African Black-headed Oriole

Taxonomy: Oriolus brachyrhynchus Swainson, 1837, Sierra Leone.
Closely related to and perhaps forming a superspecies with O. monacha; the two belong to the “African black-headed group”, which also includes O. chlorocephalus, O. crassirostris, O. percivali, O. larvatus and O. nigri1pennis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • brachyrhynchus Swainson, 1837 - rainforests in E Guinea-Bissau, SW Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and SW Benin.
  • laetior Sharpe, 1897 - rainforests in S Nigeria and Cameroon E to Central African Republic, extreme SW Sudan, W, C & S Uganda (and patchily in E), extreme W Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania, S to Gabon, N Angola and SW, SC & E DRCongo.

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