French: Brève d’Angola German: Angolapitta Spanish: Pita angoleña
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. pulih
Fraser, 1843 – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SW Cameroon.
P. a. angolensis
Vieillot, 1816 – SW Cameroon S to NW Angola.
P. a. longipennis
Reichenow, 1901 – SE Tanzania S to E Zambia, N & E Zimbabwe and S Mozambique; migrates N to region from S Central African Republic and N & NE DRCongo E to S Kenya and N Tanzania.
18–20 cm; male 79–92 g, female 81–98 g. Has black head, broad buffish-ochre supercilium, rear superciliary feathers slightly paler and erectile; upperparts... read more
Main call a short, loud, sharp “ouit” or “wheet” preceded by mechanical... read more
Semi-deciduous and evergreen rainforest, thickets and swampy localities, occasionally deciduous... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including termites (Isoptera), ants, beetles, caterpillars and grubs; also snails, and earthworms and millipedes (Diplopoda).... read more
In W Africa, breeds in Sept in Sierra Leone, Mar–Sept in Liberia, Jul in Ghana, Sept–Oct in Cameroon, Nov in Angola; in E, Nov... read more
W African populations apparently largely sedentary, but records of race pulih killed at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce or rare. Not uncommon in parts of Zambia and Zimbabwe; minimum of 6 pairs found in 28 ha of forest in Zambezi Valley, giving... read more
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