French: Capucin pie German: Riesenelsterchen Spanish: Capuchino pío
Plocus [sic] fringilloides
India; error = Liberia
Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E, very patchily, to Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, South Sudan and W Ethiopia, S to Gabon, N & SW Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and E South Africa.
12 cm; 13–18·9 g. Head to throat and hindneck are black, rump black, rest of upperparts, including upperwing dark brown, scapulars with fine white shaft streaks, tail... read more
Contact call a loud "pyoo-wee" or "pyoo-wee-yoo", the whistled downslurs longer... read more
Riparian forest, grassy bush country along rivers and streams and bases of rocky outcroppings, rank... read more
Food and feeding
Rice, other grass seeds, including Panicum and cereal grains, large seeds of bamboo (seeds 12–16 mm long, 2–2·5 mm in... read more
Season Jun in Ghana, Jul–Sept in Cameroon, Feb–Mar in Zambia, Aug, Oct and Jan–May in Malawi and Oct–Mar in... read more
Resident; irregular movements where associated with bamboo.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally uncommon to rare; very patchily distributed. Local populations appear to be small. Few recent records in Ethiopia, Kenya and N Tanzania, and... read more
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