French: Cubla de Gambie German: Gambia-Schneeballwürger Spanish: Cubla del Gambia
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Subspecies and Distribution
D. g. gambensis
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – extreme S Mauritania and Senegambia E to W Cameroon and Gabon.
D. g. congicus
Sharpe, 1901 – SW Congo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola (Cabinda).
D. g. malzacii
(Heuglin, 1870) – E Cameroon, S Chad, Central African Republic, SW Sudan, W & S South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, N Burundi and NW Tanzania.
D. g. erythreae
Neumann, 1899 – Eritrea, Ethiopia, SE Sudan (Sennar) and E South Sudan.
D. g. erwini
Sassi, 1923 – Itombwe, in E DRCongo.
18–19 cm; male 30–37 g, female 25–40 g, male on average 2–2·5 g heavier than female (malzacii and erwini combined). Male... read more
No particular courtship or territorial song known, and pair-members do not sing in antiphonal duet... read more
Dense mesic savanna woodland, also thickets, mangroves, wooded farmland, bamboo groves and well-... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), Lepidoptera (including caterpillars) and Orthoptera; a few plant buds. Keeps in tree canopy,... read more
Poorly known. Season Aug in Mauritania and Jun–Sept and Dec in Gambia; in Liberia, males display in Sept–Oct and Mar–Apr... read more
Resident; suggestion of migration through Gabon.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common in N tropical woodlands, ranging N to upper Guidimaka valley in S Mauritania, great bend of R Niger in Mali (where scarce), W... read more
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