French: Cratérope à tête noire German: Weißaugen-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide cabecinegro
Other common names:
“Indian Islands”; error = Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
T. r. reinwardtii
(Swainson, 1831) – Blackcap Babbler – Senegal E to S Mali and Sierra Leone.
T. r. stictilaema
(Alexander, 1901) – Dusky-throated Babbler – N Ivory Coast, S Burkina Faso and Ghana E to Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic and extreme N DRCongo.
25–26 cm; 69–91 g. Fairly large Turdoides babbler, tail not particularly long, with solid blackish hood, plain grey-brown upperparts and spotted breast.... read more
Chorus song involves accelerating and crescendoing single, scraping “jaaaaaaaa” or double “gwááá-ga... read more
Gallery forest, thick clumps of riverine vegetation in open savanna woodland, swampside thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and berries found in stomachs. Forages on ground among fallen leaves and debris under tangled vegetation, also among dead banana... read more
Nov–Dec in Gambia, Jan in Senegal, Sept–Jan in Sierra Leone and Nov–Jul in Mali; fledged dependent young in Jan in Ghana... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common across range. Fairly common and widespread in Gambia, S Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, less so in Sierra Leone;... read more
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