Cameroon Mountain Greenbul / Arizelocichla montana

Cameroon Mountain Greenbul / Arizelocichla montana

Cameroon Mountain Greenbul

SCI Name:  Arizelocichla montana
Protonym:  Andropadus montanus J.Orn. 40 p.188
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Pycnonotidae /
Taxonomy Code:  camgre2
Type Locality:  Buea, 950 m., Cameroon Mt.
Publish Year:  1892
IUCN Status:  


(Pycnonotidae; Ϯ Eastern Mountain Greenbul A. nigriceps) Gr. αριζηλος arizēlos  conspicuous, distinct; κιχλη kikhlē  thrush; "ARIZELOCICHLA 1 gen. nov.   Chars. gen.—In some respects resembling Bleda, but nostrils linear, strongly operculate, the basal half of the operculum more or less featheredl; bill much shorter, more turdine, depressed at base, its height at this point decidedly more than one-third the length of exposed culmen; culmen curved from base; gonys almost horizontal; tarsus very much longer than exposed culmen.   ...   Type.—Xenocichla nigriceps SHELLEY.   ...   Excellent evidence of the hitherto unsatisfactory generic position of the type and several other species of this group is the manner in which various authors have treated them, placing them first in one genus, then in another, with scarcely any uniformity or agreement.  Least of all the genera to which they have been at times referred do they belong in Bleda; but find apparently their nearest ally in Chlorocichla, from which, however, they may be readily distinguished.   ...   1 αριζηλος, evidens; κιχλη, turdus." (Oberholser 1905); "Arizelocichla Oberholser, 1905, Smiths. Misc. Coll., Quarterly Issue, 48, no. 2, p. 163.  Type, by original designation, Xenocichla nigriceps Shelley." (Rand in Peters, 1960, IX, p. 225).

L. montanus of the mountains, mountain-, mountaineer < mons, montis mountain.
● ex “Lesser Pied Mountain Finch” or “Brambling” of Willughby 1676, and Morton 1712, and “Mountain Bunting” of Latham 1783 (syn. Fringilla montifringilla).
● Jamaica; ex “Mountain Partridge” of Sloane 1725, and “Columba minor fulva” of Edwards 1751 (Geotrygon).
● Namaqualand; ex “Traquet Montagnard” of Levaillant 1806, pl. 184, fig. 2 (syn. Oenanthe monticola).
● ex “Perdrix de montagne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 136 (syn. Perdix perdix).
● Montana, USA (subsp. Pinicola enucleator).
● ex “Mountain Owl” of Latham 1787 (syn. Strix nebulosa).
● ex “Berg-gans” of Kolbe 1719, and “Mountain Goose” of Latham 1785 (?syn. Tadorna cana).