Mt Mulanje, 4000–5000 feet [c. 1220–1525 m], Malawi.
Previously treated as conspecific with A. nigriceps, but differs from A. n. nigriceps in its lack of white streaks on ear-coverts (2); paler grey crown (2); larger size (effect size for tail 1.9, score 1); different song, a few staccato notes ending with louder higher-pitched note vs a rhythmic phrase of 6–9 short nasal notes, sometimes accelerating, and on roughly one pitch (at least 2)#R; from A. n. kikuyuensis and A. n. usambarae in its lack of white streaks on ear-coverts (2); larger size (effect size for tail vs A. n. kikuyuensis 0.35, score 1); possession of one vs two song types (4) along with a number of minor plumage differences. Sometimes still considered conspecific with A. chlorigula and A. neumanni; differs from former in characters given under that species; and from latter in its smaller size (effect size for male wing 2.4, score 2); partial white eyering vs none (3); paler crown (1); duller upperparts (1). Monotypic.
SW Tanzania (Poroto Mts, Rungwe) S to extreme NE Zambia (Mafingas, Makuta and Nyika), NC & SE Malawi (S Viphya Plateau, also Zomba and Mt Mulanje) and WC Mozambique (Mt Namuli).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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