Bardera, southern Somalia.
Treated as subspecies of E. erythronotos in HBW, and this position partially adopted subsequently#R#R. Evidence, however, points in opposite direction: present species differs from geographically close E. e. delamerei in its grey vs black lower chin and upper throat (2); paler, much less crimson-shot grey breast and flanks (2); pinkish grey-white vs black belly to vent (3); smaller bill (effect size −2.17, score 2); and (despite claim of “no differences in vocalizations” in HBW) “much harsher” calls#R (allow at least 1); moreover, distribution appears parapatric or even slightly overlapping with delamerei, evidence used to conclude species status#R#R. Proposed race pallidior (from N Guaso, on R Nyiro, in Kenya) considered inseparable from charmosyna. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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