French: Bias écorcheur German: Schnäppervanga Spanish: Bias llameante
Other common names:
J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux
“rivière d’Angers” = River Muni, Gabon
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. flammulatus
J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855 – forests from Guinea and Sierra Leone E, including Bioko and C Nigeria (Jos Plateau), to W DRCongo.
M. f. aequatorialis
F. J. Jackson, 1904 – forests of C DRCongo, N Angola and Uganda, and very locally S South Sudan (Bengangai), NW Tanzania (Minziro Forest), and W Kenya (Kakamega and Nandi Forests); disjunctly S DRCongo (Kasaji, in Katanga) and neighbouring NW Zambia (Mwinilunga district).
16 cm; 22–34 g. Thickset but upright flycatcher-like bird with dark broad, hooked bill. Male nominate race is glossy blue-black above, with pure white rump and... read more
Call a musical “chuick” or disyllabic “chuick-chuick”, also high-pitched... read more
Forest, but habitat quite variable: recorded as primary forest, secondary forest, edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes insects of various orders: beetles (Coleoptera), orthopterans and lepidopterans recorded, mainly in size range 15–25 mm... read more
Breeds in Mar in Guinea, Liberia and Ghana, Dec–May in Ivory Coast, May in Cameroon, Jan in Gabon, Mar in Angola; in DR Congo, Apr in... read more
Probably an intra-tropical migrant: recorded only in Nov–Mar in NE Gabon, and thought to be a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally not uncommon in W Africa, where present in Taï Forest, Azagny and Marahoué National Parks, in Ivory Coast, and recorded in Nisram... read more
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