French: Bagadais à front roux German: Braunstirn-Brillenvanga Spanish: Prionopo frentirrufo
W. K. H. Peters, 1854,
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. keniensis
(van Someren, 1923) – C Kenya (Meru and Ngaia Forests).
P. s. kirki
(W. L. Sclater, 1924) – S Somalia (Boni Forest), coastal Kenya and NE Tanzania.
P. s. scopifrons
(W. K. H. Peters, 1854) – coastal SE Tanzania, E Mozambique and extreme E Zimbabwe.
16–18 cm; 20–40 g. Smallest member of family. Nominate race has slight, neat chestnut crest on forehead, forecrown light grey, lores white, upper chin sometimes... read more
Highly vocal and many calls similar to those of sympatric P. retzii, e.g. whistled song of... read more
Mainly lowland and riverine forest and adjacent Brachystegia woodland, occasionally... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, e.g. ant-lions (Myrmeleontidae), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and moths (Lepidoptera), as... read more
Egg-laying Dec–Jul (peak Jan–Apr) in N of range and Oct–Dec in S. Co-operative breeder, all group-members assisting in... read more
Appears to be mainly resident; evidence of some post-breeding wandering in S of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common within relatively small and highly fragmented range; numbers decreasing. In Mozambique, uncommon S of R Save but common N of it.... read more
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