E. J. O. Hartert, 1901,
Yelwa, in Borgu, middle Niger River, Nigeria.
Formerly considered a race of V. chalybeata; was often treated as conspecific with V. nigeriae, V. larvaticola and V. camerunensis. Has been regarded as a race of V. funerea, but differs from that species in size, plumage and song mimicry. Proposed taxon lorenzi (described from Nigeria) considered a synonym of present species. Monotypic.
S Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, S Mali, Guinea, N Ivory Coast, S Burkina Faso and Ghana E to Nigeria, Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, S South Sudan (Nimule, Rimo, Sheikh Tombe, Torit), NE DRCongo (Uele), and W Ethiopia (Gambela, Gibé#R).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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