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 18 videos
A juvenile bird begging for food to an adult Locality Senegambia Hotel, Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
Dave Jackson 19 November 2006 6 years ago 20 sec 4.6
An adult feeding at a feeder, then flying away. Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2006 5 years ago 26 sec 4.4
Many sights Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 1 April 2010 3 years ago 24 sec 4.3
calling bird,coming to playback Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Daniêl Jimenez 26 December 2011 2 years ago 35 sec 4.2
A bird in a tree Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 5 years ago 26 sec 4
A bird moving on a tree Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp barbarus)
Juan Sanabria 9 January 2007 7 years ago 29 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 11 photos
A nice shot of this difficult adult bird.
Locality The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Paul Cools 9 February 2012 2 years ago 4.6
Finally showing itself
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Mattias Hofstede 5 November 2012 1 year ago 4.5
Yellow-crowned Gonolek perched in a Red Mangrove.
Locality Makasutu Nature Forest, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp barbarus)
Steve Garvie 6 December 2009 4 years ago 4.2
Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal (ssp barbarus)
Hervé MICHEL 1 January 2006 4 years ago 4
An adult bird on a branch.
Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany
Tomasz Doroń 3 July 2010 1 year ago 3.8
Bird on a branch
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 27 March 2013 1 year ago 3.8