French: Linurge loriot German: Pirolgimpel Spanish: Canario oropéndola
Clarence, Bioko Island
Subspecies and Distribution
L. o. olivaceus
(Fraser, 1843) – SE Nigeria, W Cameroon and Bioko.
L. o. prigoginei
Schouteden, 1950 – E DRCongo, extreme SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
L. o. elgonensis
van Someren, 1918 – SE South Sudan, E Uganda and W & C Kenya.
L. o. kilimensis
(Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) – extreme SC Kenya (Mt Ol Doinyo Orok, in Namanga Hills), Tanzania and N Malawi.
12–13 cm; 18–29·5 g. Small to medium-sized, brightly coloured finch with conical bill. Male nominate race has entire head to hindcrown, chin and upper throat jet-... read more
Song a series of variably rapid and slow musical trills interspersed with longer drawn-out whistled... read more
Inhabits undergrowth, clearings and edges of lower montane and submontane evergreen forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds of trees and large shrubs, including albizias, millet, nettles, figs (Ficus), cultivated tobacco plants (... read more
Season Nov–Feb. Presumed monogamous and solitary. Nest built by female, a shallow untidy cup of moss, lichens, plant fibres and plant... read more
Resident and partial migrant; small numbers of high-elevation breeders wander or move erratically... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reckoned to be generally uncommon throughout, although locally common in some parts. Described as not uncommon in W portion of range (nominate race).
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