Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Western Nicator (Nicator chloris) - HBW 10, p. 247

French: Bulbul nicator German: Graukehlnicator Spanish: Conquistador Occidental
Other common names: Yellow-spotted/Common Nicator

Taxonomy: Lanius chloris Valenciennes, 1826, Galam, Senegal.
Systematic position of genus long a subject of debate. Traditionally classified within a broad family Laniidae on basis of similarities in coloration and bill morphology, and has at different times been placed with the Malaconotidae (formerly part of Laniidae) and with present family, depending on varying interpretations of the significance of different morphological characters. Analyses of feather proteins and early studies of DNA-DNA hybridization both favoured placement in present family, but genus appears unique in a number of morphological and other features (including nest structure). R.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lanius chloris Valenciennes, 1826, Galam, Senegal.
Systematic position of genus long a subject of debate. Traditionally classified within a broad family Laniidae on basis of similarities in coloration and bill morphology, and has at different times been placed with the Malaconotidae (formerly part of Laniidae) and with present family, depending on varying interpretations of the significance of different morphological characters. Analyses of feather proteins and early studies of DNA-DNA hybridization both favoured placement in present family, but genus appears unique in a number of morphological and other features (including nest structure). Recent DNA studies suggest that it is not closely related to any other group, and that it appears to represent a separate, monogeneric family. For convenience, retained within present family pending further investigation. Present species forms a superspecies with N. gularis, and often considered conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution: Senegambia and S Guinea E to extreme S Sudan (Imatong Mts) and E Uganda, S to N Angola and S DRCongo, also extreme NW & W Tanzania.