French: Cossyphe à poitrine brune German: Braunbrust-Braunschwanz Spanish: Alete pechipardo
Trichophorus (Criniger) poliocephalus
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. poliocephala
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Grey-headed Alethe – extreme SW Guinea and Sierra Leone E to Ghana.
C. p. compsonota
(Cassin, 1859) – Chestnut-backed Alethe – S Nigeria, Cameroon and SW Central African Republic S to extreme W DRCongo (Luki Forest#R), NW Angola (Quiculungo in Cuanza Norte), and Bioko.
C. p. hallae
(Traylor, 1961) – Gabela Alethe – W Angola (Kumbira Forest, Gabela).
C. p. giloensis
(Cunningham-van Someren & Schifter, 1981) – S South Sudan (Imatong Mts), possibly this race in NE Uganda#R.
C. p. carruthersi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) – Brown-chested Alethe – SE Central African Republic, NE DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya.
C. p. akeleyae
(Dearborn, 1909) – Kenya E of Rift Valley.
C. p. vandeweghei
(Prigogine, 1984) – Rwanda and Burundi.
C. p. kungwensis
(Moreau, 1941) – Mt Kungwe, in W Tanzania.
C. p. ufipae
(Moreau, 1942) – SE DRCongo (Upemba National Park) and SW Tanzania (Mt Mahale, Ufipa Plateau).
15–16 cm; 22–38 g. Nominate race has crown dark grey, whitish-grey supercilium, blackish-brown ear-coverts, reddish-brown mantle, wings and rump; blackish tail... read more
Generally very silent. Song a series of a standard phrase consisting of 5–10 pure mournful... read more
Primary lowland, transition and lower montane forest, swamp-forest and gallery forest, old... read more
Food and feeding
Only animal food recorded, almost all invertebrates: insects and their larvae (beetles, termites, ants, mantids, mole-crickets), millipedes... read more
Jul in Sierra Leone; breeding-condition birds May–Jun and juveniles Jun–Sept (some Oct–Jan) in Liberia; breeding-... read more
Sedentary. Ringed individual in Kenya recaptured after nine years only 100 m from site where first... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant overall, but considered uncommon to scarce in W Africa and parts of WC Africa. Common on Bioko, especially in primary forest below... read more
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