French: Rolle à gorge bleue German: Blaukehlracke Spanish: Carraca gorjiazul
Subspecies and Distribution
E. g. gularis
Vieillot, 1819 – Guinea to SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
E. g. neglectus
Neumann, 1908 – SE Nigeria and S Cameroon E to C Uganda, and S to NW Angola; also Bioko.
25 cm; male 82–117·5 g, female 88–108 g, but females (nominate gularis) average 6 g heavier than males. Nominate race rufous-chestnut, with purple... read more
Typically noisy, giving shrill mono- or bisyllabic squawk, "khlee" or "gleek",... read more
Lowland rainforest, either undisturbed or, mainly, secondary forest with clearings, villages, hills... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, taken in flight: 90% of diet ants (mainly Crematogaster and Oecophylla), with 4% beetles (Curculionidae,... read more
Lays in Feb–May, with dependent young out of nest May to early Jul in Liberia, where courtship display observed Feb but also as late... read more
Mostly resident. Poorly understood local movements recorded in Liberia and Nigeria; in Sierra Leone... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common, but generally uncommon to not uncommon across W Africa, with densities of six pairs/km in forest edge and seven pairs/... read more
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