French: Tisserin bicolore German: Waldweber Spanish: Tejedor bicolor
Senegal; error = South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. tephronotus
(Reichenow, 1892) – SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), Cameroon, Bioko, Gabon and W Congo.
P. b. amaurocephalus
(Cabanis, 1880) – W & NE Angola and S DRCongo (Kasai region).
P. b. mentalis
(Hartlaub, 1891) – S South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya.
P. b. kigomaensis
(C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1956) – W Rwanda, Burundi, E & SE DRCongo, Zambia and extreme SW Tanzania.
P. b. kersteni
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – S Somalia, coastal Kenya, E Tanzania (S to R Rufiji) and Zanzibar.
P. b. stictifrons
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1885) – coastal Tanzania (S from Kilwa), S Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique S to NE South Africa (N KwaZulu-Natal).
P. b. bicolor
Vieillot, 1819 – S Mozambique S to S South Africa (Eastern Cape).
14–15 cm; 28–47 g. Nominate race has forehead, crown and nape to back dark purplish-brown, rump dark brown with yellow fringes on some feathers; upperwing and... read more
Song, by both sexes, throughout year, comprises several musical notes, punctuated with creaking... read more
Forested areas with evergreen or deciduous vegetation, including montane forest patches, riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly arthropods; stomach contents included spiders (Araneae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles (... read more
Breeds Nov–Dec on Bioko, Dec–Jan in Cameroon; in DRCongo, Feb–May and Sept–Dec in S and Jan–Feb in Itombwe;... read more
Considered resident. Eight ringed birds recaptured at ringing site up to 4 years after ringing.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common to fairly common. Population in C & S Mozambique estimated to number more than 20,000 individuals. Not common in... read more
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