French: Rougegorge de Bocage German: Bocagerötel Spanish: Akelat de Bocage
Finsch and Hartlaub
Subspecies and Distribution
S. b. ilyai
(Prigogine, 1987) – E of Mt Kungwe, in W Tanzania.
S. b. chapini
(Benson, 1955) – SE DRCongo, extreme SW Tanzania (Kitungulu) and N Zambia.
S. b. bocagei
(Finsch & Hartlaub, 1870) – escarpment of W Angola, from Cuanza Sul to Huíla.
13–15 cm. Nominate race has dark grey crown with pale greyish lores, white supraloral stripe, tawny-olive mantle to rump, wings dull brown, tail tawny-brown with foxy-rufous... read more
Song a series of a standard simple, sweet yet mournful phrase, “diii da, du-du-du-du, dii da dii”,... read more
Undergrowth of submontane and montane forest. Inhabits transitional and montane evergreen forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, including beetles (Tenebrionidae, Staphylinidae), flies (Diopsidae, Tipulidae), bugs (Psyllidae, Reduviidae), cockroaches,... read more
Sept–Nov in Zambia and Oct–Dec in S DRCongo; breeding-condition birds Aug–Sept in Angola. Single nest described (found in late Nov in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Frequent to locally abundant. Locally common in Angola. In Zambia, 3–4 birds in forest patch less than 1 ha, yielding density... read more
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