Four-colored bushshrike

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Four-colored bushshrike
Telophorus quadricolor 1884.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Malaconotidae
Genus: Telophorus
Species: T. viridis
Binomial name
Telophorus viridis
(Cassin, 1851)

Telophorus quadricolor

The four-colored bushshrike (Telophorus viridis) is a species of bird in the Malaconotidae family. It is also known as the gorgeous bushshrike, although some use this name for the subspecies Telophorus viridis viridis only.

Male at Ndumo Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Juvenile at Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal


Most authorities consider Telophorus viridis to comprise four subspecies: T. v. viridis, T. v. nigricauda, T. v. quartus and T. v. quadricolor. Others split the taxon into two species: T. viridis and T. quadricolor.[2][3]


Found in Angola, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Zambia (T. v. viridis), coastal Kenya and Tanzania (T. v. nigricauda), Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (T. v. quartus) and South Africa and Swaziland (T. v. quadricolor).[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Telophorus quadricolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ BirdLife International. "Telophorus viridis (Perrin's Bushshrike, Perrin's Bush-shrike)". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  3. ^ BirdLife International. "Telophorus quadricolor (Four-colored Bushshrike, Four-coloured Bush-shrike)". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ Fry, H. "Gorgeous Bush-shrike (Telophorus viridis)". Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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