Megalæma [sic] bilineata
KwaZulu-Natal, south Africa.
Appears to be most closely related to P. subsulphureus and the P. pusillus–P. chrysoconus group; possibly fairly close to P. atroflavus. Yellow-rumped races leucolaimus, poensis and mfumbiri have been thought to represent a separate species, but they intergrade with the three golden-rumped races in E DRCongo, Rwanda and Burundi; also, vocal evidence supports placement of leucolaimus within present species. In view of similarity and intergradation between these two groups, other described forms considered untenable: thus, sharpei (S Ghana), togoensis (Gambia to S Nigeria) and nyansae (W shore L Victoria) regarded as synonymous with leucolaimus; urungensis (S shore L Tanganyika) with mfumbiri; alius (C Kenya) with jacksoni; pallidus (Sokoke Forest, in Kenya) and conciliator (Uluguru Mts, in E Tanzania) with fischeri; and rovumensis (SE Tanzania), deceptor (E Zimbabwe), riparium (S Mozambique, NE South Africa) and oreonesus (Malawi) with nominate bilineatus. Six subspecies recognized.
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