Hypochera chalybeata camerunensis
between Nola and Mbaika = Central African Republic.
Formerly considered a race of V. chalybeata; was often treated as conspecific with V. wilsoni, V. nigeriae and V. larvaticola, and sometimes also with V. funerea. Described taxa Hypochera chalybeata sharii and V. funerea sorora are synonyms of present species. Precise geographical distribution uncertain; populations in Chad and Central African Republic may consist of this species, V. larvaticola or both, and those in NW & W Ethiopia, currently treated within V. larvaticola#R, were previously included in present species; further study required. In W Africa, no difference in plumage colour or size among males mimicking different species of estrildid finch. Monotypic.
Guinea-Bissau, S Mali, Guinea, N Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, W & C Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, NE & W DRCongo (Uele, Equateur, Bandundu), and E Congo (N’gabé).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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