French: Eurylaime du Cap German: Schwarzscheitel-Breitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo africano
south-east coast towards Delagoa Bay; error = coastal forests between St Lucia Estuary and mouth of River Tugela, Zululand, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. delacouri
Bannerman, 1923 – Guinea, Sierra Leone and N Liberia E to Ghana; recorded in Togo.
S. c. camarunensis
Sharpe, 1905 – SE Nigeria, S Cameroon, possibly Equatorial Guinea (Mbini), Gabon, NW Congo and locally in S & E Central African Republic.
S. c. albigularis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – W & N Angola; SE DRCongo and W (probably also C) Tanzania S to N Zambia and N Malawi.
S. c. meinertzhageni
van Someren, 1919 – NE DRCongo, Rwanda, Uganda and W Kenya.
S. c. medianus
E. J. O. Hartert & van Someren, 1916 – C Kenya and NE Tanzania.
S. c. suahelicus
Grote, 1926 – coastal SE Kenya, E Tanzania and NE Mozambique.
S. c. conjunctus
Clancey, 1963 – NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana, S Zambia, N & W Zimbabwe and NW Mozambique.
S. c. cryptoleucus
Clancey, 1963 – SW Tanzania, S Malawi, E Zimbabwe, and C & S Mozambique S to NE South Africa (Limpopo Province, NE KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
S. c. capensis
(A. Smith, 1839) – coastal SE KwaZulu-Natal Province, in E South Africa.
12–14 cm; male 21–26·9 g, female 17·4–27·5 g (South Africa), unsexed 20–31 g. A stocky, short-tailed bird with distinctive broad... read more
A “twee-uu” call probably as contact, or as alarm or distress call; weak, plaintive,... read more
Broader range of habitats than other African broadbills: lower storeys of evergreen forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including orthopterans, Coleoptera adults and larvae, hemipteran bugs, ants, caterpillars, butterfly eggs; also spiders. Sallies... read more
Season probably long, at least 6 months, in W & C Africa, with breeding recorded in Feb–Apr in Liberia, Mar–Jul in Cameroon... read more
Resident; it has recently been suggested that some local seasonal or altitudinal movements in NE... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in much of its range, but becoming scarce in many areas and disappearing from others. Present in several protected areas. In S Africa... read more
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