Melignothes exilis meliphilus
Taveta, south-east Kenya.
May be closely related to I. willcocksi; closely similar in size and voice, and responds to playback of that species’ song. Was for long confused with I. exilis, but differs vocally; has been linked by some authors with I. pumilio. Race angolensis often considered insufficiently differentiated to warrant recognition; S Malawi birds, described as appelator, inseparable from angolensis. Birds from border region of SC Kenya–N Tanzania have been treated as separate species, I. narokensis; latter, however, described on basis of immature specimen which is indistinguishable from type (also an immature) of present species, and thus synonymous with nominate meliphilus. Two subspecies recognized.
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