French: Cossyphe d’Isabel German: Kamerunrötel Spanish: Cosifa de Isabel
G. R. Gray
Cameroon Mountain, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], Cameroon
Subspecies and Distribution
O. i. batesi
(Bannerman, 1922) – Highland Robin-chat – E Nigeria and W Cameroon.
O. i. isabellae
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – Mountain Robin-chat – Mt Cameroon (SW Cameroon).
15 cm; 19–28 g. Nominate race is dark olive-brown above and on cheeks, with whitish supercilium fading behind eye, rufous-chestnut rump and tail, latter with blackish... read more
Song very like that of Dessonornis archeri, a tuneless, monotonous series of high trilled... read more
Understorey of montane forest at 1100–2700 m, but as low as 800 m on Mt Cameroon, where... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles, and small seeds. Forages on ground and in low undergrowth; perches on shrubs, fallen trees, tree stumps, and... read more
Probably mainly Mar–Sept, coinciding with start of long rains; only certain dates are Sept in Cameroon (brood patches Jul–Aug,... read more
Sedentary, so far as is known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Fairly common. Commonest at highest elevations. Mt Kilum (Mt Oku) is an important... read more
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