Closely related to L. alboterminatus and L. bradfieldi, also to L. hemprichii, all having similar calls and displays. Usually considered conspecific with L. fasciatus, but here separated on account of white only at tips of tail feathers vs all-white outer rectrices (2); black vs reddish tip of bill and distal culmen (2); blackish bar below cutting edge of lower mandible (in fasciatus this line is shorter and remains astride the cutting edges of the mandibles) (2); probably broad zone of intergradation in SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon (1). Monotypic.
Senegambia, Guinea and S Mali E to SW Nigeria.
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Status and conservation
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