The red-tailed bristlebill or common bristlebill (Bleda syndactylus) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in western and central Africa. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland and montane forests and tropical moist shrubland.
Taxonomy and systematics
The red-tailed bristlebill was originally described in the genus Dasycephala (a synonym for Attila).
Two subspecies are recognized:
- Gabon bristlebill (B. s. syndactylus) - (Swainson, 1837): Found from Sierra Leone to western Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola
- Uganda bristlebill (B. s. woosnami) - Ogilvie-Grant, 1907: Also named Bocage's bristlebill. Found from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to southern Sudan, western Kenya, north-western Zambia
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