Barbets (Capitonidae)

White-headed Barbet (Lybius leucocephalus) - HBW 7, p. 191

French: Barbican à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Cabeciblanco
Other common names: White-bellied Barbet (leucogaster)

Taxonomy: Laimodon leucocephalus de Filippi, 1853, White Nile in extreme south Sudan.
Related to L. chaplini and L. rubrifacies, though not very closely; all three fairly close also to L. vieilloti. Races albicauda and leucogaster have sometimes been considered separate species; former interbreeds with other races wherever they meet, but latter is isolated geographically. Proposed race usukumae (SE of L Victoria) possibly recognizable: represents populations intermediate between albicauda or lynesi and nominate leucocephalus. Birds from N Tanzania described as race pareensis considered inseparable from al.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Laimodon leucocephalus de Filippi, 1853, White Nile in extreme south Sudan.
Related to L. chaplini and L. rubrifacies, though not very closely; all three fairly close also to L. vieilloti. Races albicauda and leucogaster have sometimes been considered separate species; former interbreeds with other races wherever they meet, but latter is isolated geographically. Proposed race usukumae (SE of L Victoria) possibly recognizable: represents populations intermediate between albicauda or lynesi and nominate leucocephalus. Birds from N Tanzania described as race pareensis considered inseparable from albicauda. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • adamauae Reichenow, 1921 - N & C Nigeria E to S Chad, W Central African Republic and NW Zaire.
  • leucocephalus (de Filippi, 1853) - possibly E Central African Republic, and S Sudan and NE Zaire to NW Tanzania and WC Kenya.
  • senex (Reichenow, 1887) - C & SC Kenya.

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  • adamauae Reichenow, 1921 - N & C Nigeria E to S Chad, W Central African Republic and NW Zaire.
  • leucocephalus (de Filippi, 1853) - possibly E Central African Republic, and S Sudan and NE Zaire to NW Tanzania and WC Kenya.
  • senex (Reichenow, 1887) - C & SC Kenya.
  • albicauda (Shelley, 1881) - SW & S Kenya to N Tanzania.
  • lynesi C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1938 - C Tanzania.
  • leucogaster (Bocage, 1877) - highlands of SW Angola.
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