French: Loriot à tête verte German: Grünkopfpirol Spanish: Oropéndola cabeciverde
Mt Chiradzulu, Malawi.
See O. brachyrynchus. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
O. c. amani
Benson, 1946 – patchily in SE Kenya and E Tanzania.
O. c. chlorocephalus
Shelley, 1896 – S Malawi and C Mozambique (Mt Chiperone).
O. c. speculifer
Clancey#R, 1969 – SC Mozambique (Mt Gorongosa).
21·5–24 cm. Male nominate race has head and neck to upper breast rich olive-green, separated from olive-green upperparts by bright yellow hindneck and upper... read more
Song “ku-wee-oo”, “kwee-wo”, “hweet-tyoo-hweedo” or “who-... read more
Coastal forest patches in Kenya, up to 400 m. In Tanzania, primary lowland forest, rich woodlands... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, also some large hard seeds, and nectar; also various invertebrates, e.g. insects and their larvae. Forages alone or in pairs, from... read more
In Malawi, pair formation in Jun, calling Aug–Feb (silent Mar–Jun), and egg-laying mainly Aug–Nov; in Tanzania, a well-... read more
Resident, but may wander locally; some records in Malawi up to 40 km from nearest known population... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in parts of its range of c. 22,000 km². Occurs in various protected areas, and considered therefore not at any immediate... read more
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