Kipini, Lamu district, eastern Kenya.
Until recently considered a morph of L. sublacteus, but found to occur sympatrically in NE Kenya, with a “vastly different vocal repertoire”#R. Recent genetic study#R indicates that SE Somalian form “erlangeri”, previously treated as a separate species or as an all-black race of L. aethiopicus, is actually a junior synonym of present species. Proposed form L. liberatus (known only from single individual from S Somalia) sometimes considered a hybrid, but now shown by molecular analysis to be a variant of “erlangeri”#R#R. Monotypic.
SE Somalia (Jubba and Shebelle Valleys; probably now rare) and coastal NE Kenya (N from R Tana Delta, Manda I).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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