French: Alèthe à couronne orangée German: Kastanienbraunschwanz Spanish: Alete castaño
Mondah River, western Africa.
See comments under A. diademata. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. castanea
(Cassin, 1856) – S Nigeria E to W DRCongo, S to N Angola; also Bioko.
A. c. woosnami
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – N & C DRCongo E to extreme SW South Sudan, W & S Uganda and NW Tanzania#R.
18–20 cm; 27–40 g. Nominate race has chestnut forehead, pale orange centre of crown (erectile and tipped brown, so can be partly concealed), face ash-grey;... read more
Song very like that of A. diademata, but with only 2 notes, “ho-fiir”, the... read more
Ground and undergrowth of primary and old secondary forest, gallery forest, forest patches in... read more
Food and feeding
Termites, flies, cockroaches, grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, crickets, spiders, small frogs, and a few driver ants. Larger prey... read more
May, Aug and Oct (juveniles Nov) in Cameroon (moult and brood-patch data suggest most breeding Apr–Nov); Dec–Mar (especially... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Density 13–16 pairs/km² in Gabon. Common on Bioko (commoner below 800 m than above). Fairly common in tiny range in S Sudan. Very common in... read more
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