French: Zostérops de Sao Tomé German: Trauerbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos lúgubre
Mountains of São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.
13·5–15 cm. Has forehead, crown and nape matt black, thin buffy line between nostril and lores; white lores and broad white eyering; upperparts dark greyish-... read more
Musical, whistled song, loud and powerful for so small a bird; mimics various other bird species.... read more
Shady understorey of tall humid primary forest and secondary forest, patches of dry forest in... read more
Food and feeding
Small berries, e.g. Cestrum levigatum, pieces of avocado (Persea), probably nectar; also insects, including caterpillars... read more
Nest-building Dec to mid-Jan and eggs in Apr–Jun. Nest a delicate but quite thick-walled deep open cup, made from fine fibres, placed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Common to abundant throughout, especially at higher altitudes and perhaps in S of... read more
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