Species formerly referred to as L. melanoleucos, but this name clearly applies to some other taxon, possibly Anthracoceros albirostris. Belongs to the L. fasciatus species-group, all members of which have similar calls and displays. Forms geloensis (from NE & E of range) and suahelicus (from E coastal forest) sometimes recognized, but populations of present species intergrade widely and naming of geographical races considered unwarranted. Various other races proposed on basis mainly of differences in size and plumage darkness, including stegmanni (from Uganda to E DRCongo and W Tanzania), angolensis (from N Angola and nearby parts of DRCongo) and australis (from S). Treated as monotypic.
SW Ethiopia; NE DRCongo, NW Uganda, C Kenya and S Somalia S to Angola (N to Cabinda), extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Zimbabwe, Mozambique and E South Africa (to Eastern Cape).
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