Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus) - HBW 14, p. 111
French: Gonolek de Barbarie
Spanish: Bubú Coronigualdo
Other common names: Common Gonolek/Boubou/Shrike, Barbary Shrike; Sierra Leone Gonolek (helenae)
Taxonomy: Lanius barbarus Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Was formerly held to compose a superspecies with L. atrococcineus, L. erythrogaster and L. mufumbiri, some authors including L. atroflavus in this group. Recent molecular-genetic studies indicate that this species is sufficiently closely related to L. erythrogaster for the two to be regarded as a superspecies, that L. mufumbiri and L. atroflavus are a sister-group in same lineage, and that the four are only distantly related to L. atrococcineus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- barbarus ( Linnaeus, 1766) - S Mauritania (mainly in Senegal valley, but N to Tagant area), Senegambia and NW Guinea E to C Mali and S Niger, and S Chad, S to Liberia (Monrovia and Congo Town lagoon), N & S Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin, N, C & extreme SW Nigeria and N Cameroon.
- helenae Kelsall, 1913 - Sierra Leone coast from near Guinea border S to Bonthe.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 21 videos
A bird calling. Locality Abuko Nature Reserve, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Yoel Jimenez 3 November 2014 1 year ago 26 sec 5
A bird perched in a bush. Locality Pirang Forest Park, Pirang, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Yoel Jimenez 11 November 2014 1 year ago 24 sec 4.7
A juvenile bird begging for food to an adult Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
Dave Jackson 19 November 2006 8 years ago 20 sec 4.4
calling bird,coming to playback Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Daniêl Jimenez 26 December 2011 4 years ago 35 sec 4.2
Many sights Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 1 April 2010 5 years ago 24 sec 4.1
A bird in a tree Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 26 sec 4
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Finally showing itself
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Mattias Hofstede 5 November 2012 3 years ago 4.5
A perched bird
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 25 April 2014 46 weeks ago 4.5
A nice shot of this difficult adult bird.
Locality The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Paul Cools 9 February 2012 3 years ago 4.4
Skulking adult bird taking a peek out of the bush.
Locality Faraba Banta Bush Track, Faraba Banta, Western Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 2 December 2015 22 weeks ago 4.3
Yellow-crowned Gonolek perched in a Red Mangrove.
Locality Makasutu Nature Forest, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Steve Garvie 6 December 2009 6 years ago 4.3
A very shy bird! difficult to approach this bird.
Locality Footsteps Eco Lodge, Gunjur, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Eric Roualet 21 January 2016 11 weeks ago 4