French: Pririt à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Lappenschnäpper Spanish: Batis carunculado gorjinegro
Umlalazi River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. mentalis
Bocage, 1878 – W Kenya (W of Rift), Uganda, Burundi and W Tanzania S to Malawi, and SW through SE DRCongo (Kasai, Katanga, one record S Kivu) and Zambia to N & C Angola.
P. p. cryptoleuca
Oberholser, 1905 – S Somalia (R Jubba), and E Kenya (E of Rift) S, including Mafia I, to Mozambique (N of R Zambezi).
P. p. peltata
Sundevall, 1850 – NE Zambia, Malawi and N & E Zimbabwe, and coastal lowlands from R Zambezi, S to NE South Africa (S to Durban).
13 cm; 10–18·8 g. Black and white flycatcher-like bird with fleshy red eye-wattle. Male nominate race glossy bluish-black above, some white concealed feathers on... read more
Quite variable geographically. Song rasping, lacks the clear whistle of P. cyanea... read more
Dense evergreen vegetation (sometimes in deciduous vegetation), sometimes wandering into gardens.... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, mainly insects; many orders recorded, moths (Lepidoptera) prevalent, also flies (Diptera), orthopterans; feeds mainly... read more
Sept–Oct in Angola, Mar–Jul, Sept and Dec in Kenya, and Jan in Tanzania; Sept–Jan in S Africa; brood patch in Sept in... read more
Mainly resident. Some movements reported in S of range, including altitudinal descent in non-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Supposed occurrence in Tuli (Botswana) is probably in error. In SE Kenya, restricted to one forest (Buda) out of a series... read more
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