Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

White-tailed Warbler (Poliolais lopezi) - HBW 11, p. 480

French: Poliolaïs à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzsänger Spanish: Camaróptera Coliblanca
Other common names: Cameroon Warbler

Taxonomy: Apalis lopezi Alexander, 1903, Bakake, Bioko.
Affinities uncertain; variously placed in genus Camaroptera (but has only ten rectrices) and genus Artisornis; unusual in having marked sexual dimorphism in plumage, and, unlike those genera, does not stitch its nest. Original spelling “lopezi” was emended by the describer himself later in same year to “lopesi”, as intended to honour the original collector, but this is an unjustified emendation; prevailing usage, as now favoured by the Code, also appears to be heavily in favour of retaining “lopezi” as the correct name. Three subspecies recognize.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Apalis lopezi Alexander, 1903, Bakake, Bioko.
Affinities uncertain; variously placed in genus Camaroptera (but has only ten rectrices) and genus Artisornis; unusual in having marked sexual dimorphism in plumage, and, unlike those genera, does not stitch its nest. Original spelling “lopezi” was emended by the describer himself later in same year to “lopesi”, as intended to honour the original collector, but this is an unjustified emendation; prevailing usage, as now favoured by the Code, also appears to be heavily in favour of retaining “lopezi” as the correct name. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • manengubae Serle, 1949 - highlands of SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon (except Mt Cameroon).
  • alexanderi Bannerman, 1915 - Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
  • lopezi (Alexander, 1903) - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).

  • Near Threatened
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