#R, Cape of Good Hope; error = Cape Coast, Ghana.
Largely sympatric with M. lagdeni, so the two are best regarded as separate species; nominate race of M. monteiri has been thought to be a colour morph of present species. Geographical variation not understood; of five races named, based on extent and depth of orange or red suffusion of breast, and on size (slightly decreasing from W to E), only “nominate” (Sierra Leone E to SE Nigeria), gabonensis (SW Cameroon and Gabon) and adolfifriederici (Congo, S Central African Republic, N & E DRCongo and W Uganda) may be worthy of recognition. Most or all populations exhibit individual variation in amount of yellow/orange/red/scarlet below, and species probably polymorphic, rather than polytypic. Treated as monotypic.
Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E, discontinuously, to SE Nigeria, SW & S Cameroon, Gabon, N & SW Congo, S Central African Republic, N & E DRCongo (S to Itombwe) and W Uganda (Semliki Forest).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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