French: Gonolek à front noir German: Graustirnwürger Spanish: Bubú frentinegro
Marangu, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. nigrifrons
(Reichenow, 1896) – mountains of E Uganda (Mt Elgon), Kenya, Tanzania, NE Zambia and N Malawi.
C. n. manningi
(Shelley, 1899) – E Angola, SE DRCongo (Katanga) and N Zambia.
C. n. sandgroundi
Bangs, 1931 – S Malawi, Mozambique, E Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (Limpopo Province).
18–19 cm; male 28–40 g, female 25–42·5 g. Polymorphic; males occur in four colour morphs and females in three. Male nominate race yellow morph has... read more
Varied. Main song of male a low-pitched, hollow series of "hou" or "hoi" or "quoh" whistles,... read more
Inhabits canopy of montane forest above 2300 m and, at lower elevations, escarpment, lowland and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and caterpillars. Forages in middle and upper... read more
Season Feb in Tanzania, Jul–Aug and Oct in SE DRCongo (Katanga), Oct–Mar in Zambia, Oct–Nov in Malawi, Oct–Jan in... read more
Resident and partial vertical migrant. In Tanzania, mainly at 1200–2200 m but in Jun–... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Range somewhat fragmented, and several montane populations small and isolated. Widespread but local, and uncommon to frequent. In Kenya, occurs on Mt... read more
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