French: Ganga à face noire German: Schmuckflughuhn Spanish: Ganga decorada
Lake Jipe, Kenya–Tanzania border
Subspecies and Distribution
P. d. ellenbecki
Erlanger, 1905 – S Ethiopia (occurs also in E Ethiopia), N Kenya and S Somalia. Recorded in Uganda, but status uncertain#R.
P. d. loveridgei
(Friedmann, 1928) – SW Kenya and W Tanzania.
P. d. decoratus
Cabanis, 1868 – SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
28 cm; c. 140–210 g. Somewhat similar to P. coronatus and P. personatus, with short tail and black facial mask in male, but present species shows... read more
Flight call a dove-like, rhythmic, three-noted phrase, “what-wa-wha”. Also a high-pitched over-... read more
Dry savanna and bushveld to semi-desert scrub; sometimes occurs within dense thornbush in small... read more
Food and feeding
In Tanzania, takes seeds, mostly Leguminosae (Indigofera, Trianthema) and Boraginaceae (Heliotropium). Drinks... read more
In Tanzania nests from May to Nov/Dec, probably peaking in Jun–Aug, during dry season. Nest is unlined scrape on sandy or stony... read more
Poorly known; may be chiefly sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Usually encountered in pairs or small parties. Frequent in Ethiopia; common and widespread in S Somalia; locally common in Kenya.
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