French: Irrisor à bec noir German: Schwarzschnabel-Baumhopf Spanish: Abubilla arbórea piquinegra
Fer Libah, Ogaden, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. abyssinicus
(Neumann, 1903) – NW Ethiopia and W Eritrea.
P. s. neglectus
(Neumann, 1905) – C & SW Ethiopia.
P. s. somaliensis
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1901) – SE Ethiopia, Somalia and N Kenya.
33–38 cm. Blackish plumage with much iridescence, mainly violet and blue-violet. Nominate race with feathers of crown, face and nape green, fringed violet; throat... read more
Considered to be very similar to vocalizations of P. purpureus, with song comprising a... read more
Open dry thornbush and riparian woodland, woodland edge, and scattered trees along dry wadis. From... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, including beetles and millipedes. Forages by moving up and down trunk and branches, sometimes head downwards, probing crevices... read more
In N Somalia Feb–Sept, with six of the eight records in mid-May to mid-Jun, and in Ethiopia in Jan–Sept, with no obvious... read more
Not known; probably sedentary, with large territory.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No population estimates available, but apparently not rare; in Somalia, common in N & NW and less common in S; fairly common resident of open... read more
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