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Laniarius

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea
Familia: Malaconotidae
Genus: Laniarius
Species: L. aethiopicus - L. amboimensis - L. atrococcineus - L. atroflavus - L. barbarus - L. bicolor - L. brauni - L. erythrogaster - L. ferrugineus - L. fuelleborni - L. funebris - L. leucorhynchus - L. liberatus - L. luehderi - L. mufumbiri - L. poensis - L. ruficeps - L. turatii

Name

Laniarius Vieillot, 1816

Reference

* Analyse D'Une Nouvelle Ornithologie Élémentaire p.41

Laniarius is a genus of brightly coloured, carnivorous passerine birds commonly known as boubous or gonoleks. Not to be confused with the similar-sounding genus Lanius, they were formerly classed with the true shrikes in the family Laniidae, but they and related genera are now considered sufficiently distinctive to be separated from that group as the bush-shrike family Malaconotidae.

This is an African group of species which are found in scrub or open woodland. They are similar in habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush. Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be either colourful species or largely black. Some species are also quite secretive.

Species

* Red-naped Bushshrike, Laniarius ruficeps
* Luehder's Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi
* Gabela Bushshrike or Amboim Bush-shrike, Laniarius amboimensis
* Orange-breasted Bushshrike or Braun's Bush-shrike, Laniarius brauni
* Turati's Boubou, Laniarius turatii
* Tropical Boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus – paraphyletic
o Ethiopian Boubou, Laniarius (aethiopicus) aethiopicus
o West African Boubou, Laniarius (aethiopicus) major
o Somali Boubou, Laniarius (aethiopicus) erlangeri – includes the "Bulo Burti Boubou" ("L. liberatus")[1]
o Dimorphic Boubou, Laniarius (aethiopicus) sublacteus
* Gabon Boubou or Swamp Boubou, Laniarius bicolor
* Southern Boubou, Laniarius ferrugineus
* Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus
* Black-headed Gonolek, Laniarius erythrogaster
* Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Laniarius atrococcineus
* Papyrus Gonolek, Laniarius mufumbiri
* Yellow-breasted Boubou, Laniarius atroflavus
* Slate-colored Boubou, Laniarius funebris
* Sooty Boubou, Laniarius leucorhynchus
* Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Laniarius willardi Voelker & Gnoske, 2010
* Mountain Boubou, Laniarius poensis
* Fuelleborn's Boubou, Laniarius fuelleborni

References

1. ^ Nguembock, B., Fjeldså J., Couloux A., Pasquet, E. 2008. Phylogeny of Laniarius: molecular data reveal L. liberatus synonymous with L. erlangeri and “plumage coloration” as unreliable morphological characters for defining species and species groups. Mol. Phyl. Evol. 48(2): 396-407. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.04.014

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