French: Gonolek fuligineux German: Schwarzwürger Spanish: Bubú sombrío
Other common names:
Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to S Togo, and SE Nigeria E to extreme SW South Sudan (Bengangai) and Uganda, S to extreme NW & NE Angola (Cabinda, N Lunda Norte) and C DRCongo.
21–22 cm; male 51–57 g, female 44–45 g. Male is jet-black with faint violet or blue gloss; feathers of lower back and rump very full, long and soft;... read more
Sings often, all year; pair sings in duet, which thought to serve for both contact and territorial... read more
Dense undergrowth near lowland rainforest and in savanna woodland, to 900 m in Liberia and 1400 m... read more
Food and feeding
Orthoptera, butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), mantises (Mantidae), cicadas (Cicadidae), beetles (Coleoptera), large wasps (... read more
Nest-building in May in Guinea; birds in fresh plumage and extended singing in Aug–Nov, nest with eggs in late Oct, females with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare throughout much of W Africa, although locally frequent, probably overlooked; frequent or common in well-investigated parts of Congo Basin. In... read more
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