Hitherto (apart from an early period when G. edouardi was treated as a separate species), considered polytypic, with both G. verreauxi and G. edouardi conspecific. Differs from former in bold red pattern around eye and at bill base vs blue face with red only on throat (3); lack of broad black “collar” on unfeathered neck (3); red vs dark eye (3); different voice (seemingly 3). Differs from G. edouardi in red and blue vs blackish-grey facial and neck skin (3); hood descending down front of neck as a short tube instead of tying up under chin, and without brownish-white patch at rear (3); no blackish-chestnut collar (3); and different voice (seemingly 3). Intergrades between pucherani and verreauxi observed both in captivity and in the wild, and possible hybrids between the two recorded in C Kenya#R. Proposed race granti (described from an 1871 specimen collected in C Tanzania) considered untenable, but it was recently upheld as valid, with a range extending across inland Tanzania from Oldeani and Manyara S to Mikumi, Ruaha and the Udzungwas#R. Monotypic.
S Somalia W to EC Kenya, and S to C Tanzania, Zanzibar and Tumbatu I.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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