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Nicatoridae - Nicators

Nicator
Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis ©Hugh Chittenden Website

Nicator is a genus of passerine endemic to Africa. The name of the genus is derived from nikator, Greek for conqueror. Within the genus, the western and eastern nicators are considered to form a superspecies and are sometimes treated as the same species.

The nicators are shrike-like birds, 16 to 23 cm in length. The Eastern and Western Nicators are similar in size and larger than the Yellow-throated Nicator. The males are considerably heavier than the females, for example in the Western Nicator the males range from 48g to 67g, whereas the females only weigh 32g to 51g. The Yellow-throated Nicator is much lighter, ranging only 21g to 26g. The nicators have heavy hooked bills. The plumage of the genus is overall olive on the backs, tail and wings, with yellow spotting on the wings, and lighter grey or whitish undersides.

They are endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. TheWestern Nicator has a mostly continuous distribution from Senegal to eastern Uganda and northern Angola. The Eastern Nicator has a discontinuous distribution in East Africa from Somalia south to eastern South Africa. The Yellow-throated Nicator is distributed in central Africa from Cameroon to Uganda.

They occupy a wide range of forest and woodland habitats.

The genus contains just three medium sized species:

Western (Yellow-spotted) Nicator Nicator chloris
Eastern (White-throated) Nicator Nicator gularis
Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo

Family Links

Nicators Nicatoridae

Family Account

Nicators are a small group of three species within a single genera (Nicator). Together, their range covers much of forested subSaharan Africa.

Nicators Nicatoridae

Family Account

The systematic affinities of the genus have been a long-standing mystery. The group was originally assigned to the shrikes (Laniidae).

Species Links

Western (Yellow-spotted Nicator) Nicator chloris

BirdLife Species Account

Western (Yellow-spotted Nicator) Nicator chloris

Species Accounts

Western (Yellow-spotted Nicator) Nicator chloris

HBW Species Account

Lanius chloris Valenciennes, 1826, Galam, Senegal. Systematic position of genus long a subject of debate.

Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis

Species Account

The eastern nicator (Nicator gularis) is a species of songbird in the family Nicatoridae. It is found in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis

BirdLife Species Account

Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis

Species Account

Sound archive and distribution map.

Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Nicator gularis Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870, Shupanga, Zambesi.

Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo

Species Account

The yellow-throated nicator (Nicator vireo) is a species of songbird in the family Nicatoridae. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Uganda. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo

HBW Species Account

Taxonomy: Nicator Vireo Cabanis, 1876, Chinchoxo, Angola. Systematic position of genus long a subject of debate.

Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo

BirdLife Species Account

Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo

Species Account

Sound archive and distribution map.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 3