French: Gonolek multicolore German: Vielfarbenwürger Spanish: Bubú multicolor
G. R. Gray
no locality = Accra, Ghana
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. multicolor
(G. R. Gray, 1845) – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea and Liberia E, discontinuously, to W Cameroon (Mt Cameroon).
C. m. batesi
Sharpe, 1908 – patchily in S Cameroon, NE Gabon, NW & SW Congo, NW Angola, Central African Republic, NE DRCongo (Ituri) and W Uganda (Kibale).
C. m. graueri
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1908) – montane forests of E DRCongo (Kivu S to Itombwe), SW Uganda and W Rwanda (Nyungwe).
18–20 cm; male 43–61 g and female 46–54 g (nominate), male 38–41 g and female 36–39 g (batesi), male all 41 g and female 36–39 g... read more
Male song a short, hollow whistle, "hoh" or "whoup", sometimes disyllabic, "huwo", "hooui" or "... read more
Primary lowland and submontane rainforest, to 1100 m in W Africa (Mt Nimba, Mt Cameroon) and to... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, often large ones, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantises (Mantidae), stick-insects (Phasmida), bugs (Hemiptera), beetles (... read more
Assorted evidence of breeding in Jul–Jan and Mar–Apr in Liberia, roughly Oct–Apr in Gabon and Angola, about Dec in Uganda... read more
Generally sedentary; in Mali a visitor in May–Jun wet-season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Very patchily distributed, but shy, skulking and unobtrusive; may have more continuous range than is currently realized. In Mali,... read more
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