French: Mégalure de Lopes German: Lopesbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero de Lopes
Moka, Bioko Island
Subspecies and Distribution
B. l. lopezi
(Alexander, 1903) – Western Evergreen-forest Warbler – Bioko.
B. l. camerunensis
Alexander, 1909 – Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
B. l. manengubae
Serle, 1949 – Mt Manengouba, in W Cameroon.
B. l. barakae
Sharpe, 1906 – E DRCongo (Rwenzoris, Kivu Volcanoes, Itombwe, Upemba National Park) and highlands of SW Uganda and N Rwanda.
B. l. mariae
Madarász, 1905 – Eastern Evergreen-forest Warbler – Kenya (W & C highlands, Chyulus) and N Tanzania (Oldeani E to Kilimanjaro).
B. l. usambarae
Reichenow, 1917 – SE Kenya (Taitas), E & S Tanzania (N Pares and Usambaras S to Mbeya, Njombe, Mt Rungwe and Songea), NE Zambia (Nyika Plateau), N Malawi (N Nyika) and N Mozambique (Uwango).
B. l. ufipae
(C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1941) – SW Tanzania (Ufipa Plateau, Mbisi Forest), SE DRCongo (Marungu Plateau) and N Zambia.
B. l. granti
Benson, 1939 – Malawi (S of Nyika) and N Mozambique (Mt Chiperone).
B. l. boultoni
Chapin, 1948 – W Angola (highlands of S Cuanza Sul, Huambo and N Huíla).
13–14·5 cm; 15–21 g (mariae). A dark brown or cinnamon-brown warbler with slim bill, and narrow, steeply graduated, usually frayed tail of ten feathers.... read more
Song (similar form in all races) a loud series of single or double notes on one pitch, increasing... read more
Dense shrubby understorey in montane forest, including bamboo thickets; rank herbage along forest... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small insects; recorded items include fly larvae (Diptera), small beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars, insect... read more
Usually breeds at end of dry season, continuing into rains; eggs laid in Oct–Nov in Cameroon and Bioko, Mar–Apr in E Zaire,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, but distribution patchy. Not uncommon in W of range (Cameroon, Bioko I); widespread but local in E. Dependent on highland forest in... read more
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