French: Martin-chasseur à poitrine bleue German: Zügelliest Spanish: Alción pechiazul
Malimba, south Cabinda (north Angola)
Subspecies and Distribution
H. m. torquata
Swainson, 1837 – Senegal E to SW Mali and S to N Guinea.
H. m. forbesi
Sharpe, 1892 – Sierra Leone E to Nigeria, and SW Cameroon. Reports from Bioko no longer accepted.
H. m. dryas
Hartlaub, 1853 – Príncipe I and, at least formerly, São Tomé I.
H. m. malimbica
(Shaw, 1812) – S Cameroon and S Chad#R E to SW South Sudan, W Uganda and NW Tanzania, and S to N & E Angola and NW Zambia; probably this race in SW Ethiopia.
25 cm; male 64–94 g (malimbica), female 70–93 g (malimbica), sexes combined 108–121 g (malimbica), 110–130 g (dryas... read more
Single note, pause for a second, then series of piping whistles, at first short and clipped,... read more
Rainforest, gallery forest along watercourses in savanna, secondary forest, mangroves, riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including cockroaches (Blattodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), beetles (... read more
Lays in Aug–Sept in Guinea-Bissau, in Mar–Apr in Ghana, in Jan–Jun in Nigeria, in Aug in Cameroon, in Dec–Jun in... read more
Largely resident and territories occupied year-round. Some range reduction in dry season, e.g. in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread in W & C Africa, but most common in rainforest and mangroves, becoming more localized and less common in drier habitats; thus, it may... read more
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