Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Olive-backed Forest-robin (Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus)


Taxonomy

French: Rougegorge à dos olive German: Olivmantel-Waldrötel Spanish: Petirrojo selvático dorsioliva
Taxonomy:

Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus

Schmidt and Angehr

, 2008,

N’dodo Lagoon, Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Ogooué-Maritime Province, Gabon

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Has been lumped as a race of S. erythrothorax#R, but differs from that species (as here defined) by its mid-grey vs blackish submoustachial area and lower ear-coverts (2); strong olive-green vs olive-brown or olive-grey crown to rump (3); bright vs dull orange throat and breast with much less abrupt lower border (2); creamy vs white belly (ns[1]); and female more weakly coloured than male, unlike in any other Stiphrornis taxa (ns[2]). It differs from S. xanthogaster (as here defined) by same first two characters above (2+3); and female more weakly coloured than male (2); moreover, evidently sympatric#R (perceived differences in voice need checking to eliminate individual variation). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Gamba forest complex in coastal Gabon S of R Ogooué; possibly also in Lopé National Park (farther inland), Makokou area#R (NE Gabon) and Kouilou (S Congo).

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm; 16–20·5 g. A fine-billed forest-robin with weak rictal bristles, short legs and short tail. Male has crown, nape and rear ear-coverts dark olive-washed... read more

Voice

Two vocalizations described: a single chirp followed by a series of modulated notes; and... read more

Habitat

Primary lowland forest with light to moderate undergrowth.

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages on ground.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Restricted-range species: present in Gabon–Cabinda Coast Secondary Area. Locally common within its small range. Less numerous or absent in places with heavy... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. (2018). Olive-backed Forest-robin (Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/204361 on 15 November 2018).