French: Bathmocerque à face noire German: Graubauch-Fuchssänger Spanish: Prinia carinegra
Sometimes treated as conspecific with B. cerviniventris. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. r. rufus
Reichenow, 1895 – S Cameroon S to C & SE Gabon, E to SW Central African Republic, N Congo and extreme NW DRCongo.
B. r. vulpinus
Reichenow, 1895 – NE & E DRCongo, S South Sudan, Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
12–13 cm; 15–20 g. A stocky, short-winged warbler with graduated tail of ten feathers. Male nominate race has forehead, forecrown, face, chin and throat black,... read more
Song a series of loud, penetrating, prolonged notes on one pitch, “eeeenh eeeenh eeeenh... read more
Dense undergrowth and herbaceous vegetation with vines, bracken, sedges and young trees, in damp... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly small insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), ants and their eggs (Hymenoptera); also millipedes (... read more
Mar–Jul and Dec–Jan. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest a bulky, ball-shaped structure with side entrance, made... read more
Little known; presumably resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in its fragmented range. Density of 3·1 birds/ha in Kakamega Forest, in Kenya. Tolerates some degree of disturbance; occurs at... read more
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