Orioles (Oriolidae)

Wetar Figbird (Sphecotheres hypoleucus) - HBW 13, p. 715

French: Sphécothère de Wetar German: Wetarfeigenpirol Spanish: Oropéndola de la Wetar

Taxonomy: Sphecotheres hypoleucus Finsch, 1898, Wetar Island, Indonesia.
Original description of genus included two different spellings, “Sphecotheres” and “Sphecotera”; former selected by first reviser as the valid name for this genus. Has sometimes been considered conspecific with S. viridis and S. vieilloti, even though present species is rather distinctive; further research, including molecular-genetic analyses, is required. Monotypic.

Distribution: Wetar I, in Lesser Sundas.

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