French: Elminie à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Haubenschnäpper Spanish: Elminia cabecinegra
estuary of Cameroon River, Douala, Cameroon#R.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. n. colstoni
(Dickerman, 1994) – discontinuously SE Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (Mt Nimba), S Ivory Coast, W & S Ghana and S Nigeria.
E. n. nigromitrata
(Reichenow, 1874) – Cameroon and Gabon, N Congo E to S Central African Republic, DRCongo, W & S Uganda, SW Kenya (Kakamega Forest) and extreme NW Tanzania (Bukoba).
11–13 cm; 8·5–12 g. Small, dark grey blunt-crested flycatcher with long graduated tail. Male nominate race head and face, upperwing and tail black,... read more
Song a prolonged series of highly variable phrases of whistles and liquid trills, broken and... read more
Interior undergrowth and lower strata of mature lowland and highland forests, also secondary forest... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly small invertebrates, including flies (Diptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), adult and larval... read more
Jun–Jul in Liberia, Jan, Mar and Jun in Ivory Coast, Jan in Nigeria; Feb–May (and birds in breeding condition Jul and Dec) in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally common. Common in SE Guinea, scarce in S Ghana, uncommon in Cameroon, rare in SW Central African Republic; widespread, common and... read more
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