Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Yellow-bellied Eremomela (Eremomela icteropygialis) - HBW 11, p. 683

French: Érémomèle à croupion jaune German: Gelbbaucheremomela Spanish: Eremomela Ventrigualda
Other common names: Grey-backed Eremomela; Salvadori’s Eremomela (salvadorii)

Taxonomy: Sylvietta icteropygialis Lafresnaye, 1839, Orange River, Namibia.
Forms a superspecies with E. flavicrissalis. Race salvadorii sometimes treated as a separate species. Other proposed races are karamojensis (from NE Uganda, N Kenya and S Somalia) and crawfurdi (SW Kenya, NW Tanzania and Rwanda), both synonymized with griseoflava; sharpei (SW South Africa), synonymized with saturatior; and viriditincta (described from SW Zambia), considered inseparable from helenorae. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • alexanderi W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918 - extreme S Mauritania, N Senegal, S Mali, Burkina Faso, S Niger (S from Aïr) and extreme N Nigeria E to W Sudan (Darfur and Kordofan).
  • griseoflava Heuglin, 1862 - NE, C & S Sudan, N Eritrea, NW Somalia, C & S Ethiopia, E Uganda, W Kenya, NW Tanzania (E to Mwanza) and E Rwanda.
  • salvadorii Reichenow, 1891 - SE Gabon E to S DRCongo (E to Kasai), N, E & C Angola and W Zambia (Zambezi District).

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  • alexanderi W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918 - extreme S Mauritania, N Senegal, S Mali, Burkina Faso, S Niger (S from Aïr) and extreme N Nigeria E to W Sudan (Darfur and Kordofan).
  • griseoflava Heuglin, 1862 - NE, C & S Sudan, N Eritrea, NW Somalia, C & S Ethiopia, E Uganda, W Kenya, NW Tanzania (E to Mwanza) and E Rwanda.
  • salvadorii Reichenow, 1891 - SE Gabon E to S DRCongo (E to Kasai), N, E & C Angola and W Zambia (Zambezi District).
  • abdominalis Reichenow, 1905 - C, S & SE Kenya and N Tanzania (S to Tabora and Bahi).
  • polioxantha Sharpe, 1883 - E & S Tanzania (S from Iringa and Kidugallo), SE DRCongo (S Katanga), Zambia (except W & SW), Malawi, Zimbabwe (except NW), E Botswana, W & S Mozambique, NE South Africa (N & E Northern Province S to NE KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
  • puellula Grote, 1929 - coastal SW Angola (Benguela, Namibe).
  • helenorae Alexander, 1899 - S Angola (S Cuando Cubango), extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi), SW Zambia, NW Zimbabwe and N & NE Botswana.
  • icteropygialis (Lafresnaye, 1839) - Namibia and W & C Botswana.
  • perimacha Oberholser, 1920 - S Botswana and N South Africa (Northern Cape E to W Northern Province).
  • saturatior Ogilvie-Grant, 1910 - S & C South Africa (Transvaal highveld and W Free State S to Western Cape and W Eastern Cape).