French: Échenilleur pourpré German: Purpurraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero purpúreo
Race muenzneri sometimes erroneously spelt “munzneri”. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. q. quiscalina
Finsch, 1869 – Sierra Leone, S Guinea, N Liberia and Ivory Coast E patchily to W & S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic, thence S to Angola.
C. q. martini
F. J. Jackson, 1912 – S South Sudan, NE & SE DRCongo, C Uganda, W Kenya, N Tanzania and Zambia.
C. q. muenzneri
Reichenow, 1915 – E Tanzania.
20 cm; male mean 39·7 g, female 30–43 g. Male nominate race is black, glossed steel-blue, but with purple gloss on ear-coverts, cheeks, underwing-coverts and... read more
Song a rather fast series of melodious whistles, “slueet-slueet-swit-wit-slueet-slueet-swit-... read more
Moist primary and secondary evergreen forest, especially edges and clearings; also found in gallery... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects, mainly lepidopterans (especially caterpillars, also adult moths), orthopterans, bugs (Hemiptera, including cicadids) and... read more
Breeds during and at end of rains, in Aug, Nov and Dec in Gabon, Mar and Sept in Angola, May, Jul and Aug in DRCongo, Apr–May in... read more
None recorded; sedentary at least in Gabon and Zambia.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to frequent throughout most of its range; locally common in Kenya, Zambia and Angola. As with its congeners, this species’ numbers... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!