French: Gladiateur de Blanchot German: Graukopfwürger Spanish: Gladiador cabecigrís
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. blanchoti
Stephens, 1826 – Senegal E to N Cameroon.
M. b. catharoxanthus
Neumann, 1899 – N Cameroon E to Ethiopia (N & W of Rift Valley), Eritrea, Uganda and W Kenya.
M. b. approximans
(Cabanis, 1869) – Ethiopia (S & E of Rift Valley), Somalia, Kenya and N Tanzania.
M. b. interpositus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1911 – Angola, SE DRCongo (Katanga) and N & W Zambia (Mporokoso; North-Western Province).
M. b. citrinipectus
Meise, 1968 – SW Angola and extreme N Namibia (Cunene Valley and N Ovamboland).
M. b. hypopyrrhus
Hartlaub, 1844 – Rwanda, Tanzania and C & S Zambia S to NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and E South Africa (near Durban).
M. b. extremus
Clancey, 1957 – coastal South Africa from S of Durban S to St Francis Bay.
23–26 cm; male 73–84 g, female 65–99 g. A large bush-shrike with robust, strongly hooked bill, upper-mandible notch blunter than in large forest-dwelling... read more
Male song or advertising call a series of spooky, drawn-out whistles on one pitch, "uuuuuuuuh... read more
Thick woody growth and bushes in open savanna woodland, keeping to tangled growth, creepers, branch... read more
Food and feeding
Large arthropods and small vertebrates: locusts and grasshoppers (Acrididae), mantises (Mantidae), bees and wasps (Hymenoptera),... read more
Breeds mainly in Jun–Jul in Gambia, Jan–May in Ghana, Feb–Sept in Nigeria; Mar–Jun in Sudan, Ethiopia (once in Dec... read more
Probably mainly sedentary, but in Mali moves N with the rains; arrives Bamako in Mar and departs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in savanna woodland throughout sub-Saharan Africa except for the Horn, Congo Basin and the SW. Density in N South Africa (... read more
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