French: Gonolek vert German: Doppelbandwürger Spanish: Bubú verde
Malimbe (= Malembo), Cabinda, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. viridis
(Vieillot, 1817) – Gorgeous Bush-shrike – SE Gabon, SW Congo, W & E Angola (including Cabinda), SW & S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
T. v. nigricauda
(S. R. Clarke, 1913) – extreme S Somalia, SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
T. v. quartus
Clancey, 1960 – S Malawi, E Zimbabwe and W & S Mozambique.
T. v. quadricolor
(Cassin, 1851) – Four-coloured Bush-shrike – NE South Africa (N & E Limpopo S to NE Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
18–19 cm; male 30–40·5 g, female 31–39·5 g. Male nominate race has saffron-yellow line across forehead extending back to eye; crown,... read more
Male song loud, far-carrying liquid whistles, 1–3 short "ko", "kok" or... read more
Undergrowth in patches of montane high forest, to 2000 m. In Angola coffee forest and dry forest;... read more
Food and feeding
Small arthropods, including hawkmoths (Sphingidae) and other moths (Lepidoptera), caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera), parasitic wasps (... read more
Season Mar–May in Angola, Apr in Malawi, Oct–Feb in Zimbabwe, Nov–Feb in Mozambique, and Oct–Dec in South Africa.... read more
Mainly resident; race quadricolor moves locally from drier parts of range for non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Three main populations. Nominate race uncommon to locally common, probably widely under-reported, being secretive in dense thickets, and likely to... read more
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