French: Malimbe huppé German: Haubenweber Spanish: Malimbo crestado
Malembo, Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. nigrifrons
(Hartlaub, 1855) – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana and Togo.
M. m. malimbicus
(Daudin, 1802) – S Nigeria, S Cameroon, SW Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, W DRCongo (around mouth of R Congo) and NW Angola (Cabinda and Cuanza Norte).
M. m. crassirostris
E. J. O. Hartert, 1919 – SE Central African Republic, N, W & E DRCongo, and W & SW Uganda.
17 cm; 30–40 g. Male nominate race has red crown with long crest of spiky feathers, red extending over ear-coverts and cheek to chin (except for black strip... read more
Song has been described as a varied mixture of twitters and sizzling; reported as singing one theme... read more
Primary lowland forest and old secondary forest, also banana, coffee and oil palm (Elaeis... read more
Food and feeding
On basis of observations, and stomach contents of 20 specimens, diet includes arthropods such as spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (... read more
Breeds in Apr in Guinea, Sept–Nov in Liberia, Apr–May and Sept in Ivory Coast, Feb in Nigeria, Aug–Nov in Cameroon, Nov... read more
Generally sedentary. Unconfirmed reports from SE Mali, where species might be a seasonal visitor.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread within forested regions, and locally common to uncommon. Only isolated records from Togo and unconfirmed ones from Mali. Records from... read more
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