French: Échenilleur bleu German: Azurraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero azulado
Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E, discontinuously, to S Ghana and (rare) W Togo, S Nigeria and SW Cameroon, S to Gabon, SW Congo (Mayombe) and adjacent NW Angola (Cabinda); also SW Central African Republic and N, E & C DRCongo.
21 cm; 43–51 g. Distinctive. Male is entirely brilliant glossy blue, except for black forehead, preorbital region and band above eye, bluish-black chin, ultramarine... read more
Relatively vocal. Calls include a hoarse, nasal “chwee-ep” or “chuee”, short “chupr” and a series... read more
Lowland primary forest and mature secondary forest; also open woodland and sometimes clearings;... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); also termite alates (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), snails (... read more
Mainly Nov–Mar, when rainfall relatively low; breeding activity in Jan and Mar in Liberia, Feb and May in Ghana, Feb in Nigeria and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon in some areas. Was locally frequent to common in some parts of range in 1980s, when estimated density in NE Gabon was 5–7... read more
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