Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Jameson's Antpecker (Parmoptila jamesoni)


Taxonomy

French: Parmoptile de Jameson German: Kongoameisenpicker Spanish: Estrilda piquifina de Jameson
Taxonomy:

Pholidornis jamesoni

Shelley

, 1890,

Yambuya, Aruwimi River, DRCongo

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Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. rubrifrons or, less often, with both that and P. woodhousei; N part of range closely approaches that of P. woodhousei, but the two are not known to be locally sympatric. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W, NC & NE DRCongo, W Uganda (Albertine Rift) and extreme NW Tanzania (Minziro Forest).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; one male 9·5 g. Male has forehead red, face unmarked bright rufous, crown and upperparts dark greyish olive-brown, upperwing and tail brown; underparts uniformly... read more

Voice

Few details; "whseet" call recorded.

Habitat

Moist forest along rivers, logged forest, border of forest swamps, gallery forest, scrub along... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects, e.g. ants (Formicidae) and small beetles (Coleoptera), including larvae and pupae; also small seeds. Of stomachs of nine... read more

Breeding

Few data. In DRCongo, birds in breeding condition in Feb, May and Sept in Ituri, and in Itombwe breeding Oct–May and juveniles... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Frequent to common in DRCongo, where main populations in NE from Ituri and Itombwe S to Kivu; common at 880–1600... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Jameson's Antpecker (Parmoptila jamesoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61089 on 21 September 2018).