Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

White-throated Nicator (Nicator gularis) - HBW 10, p. 247

French: Bulbul à tête brune German: Braunkopfnicator Spanish: Conquistador Oriental
Other common names: Eastern/Zambesi Nicator

Taxonomy: Nicator gularis Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870, Shupanga, Zambesi.
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: Nicator gularis Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870, Shupanga, Zambesi.
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. chloris, and often considered conspecific. Populations of Zambesi Valley (from Zambia E to C Mozambique) described as race phyllophilus on basis of paler browner forecrown, more greyish-yellow hindcrown and neck and brighter upperside, but differences from populations in rest of range slight, and considered insufficient to warrant naming of geographical races. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Somalia, SE Kenya, NE & E Tanzania (including Zanzibar, also scattered records farther W), S Zambia, parts of N, E & SE Zimbabwe, and much of Malawi and S Mozambique S to NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland; disjunct population in extreme SE DRCongo and adjacent NW Zambia.

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