Bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae)

Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus) - HBW 14, p. 111

French: Gonolek de Barbarie German: Goldscheitelwürger 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.