French: Akalat de Puvel German: Puvellaubdrossling Spanish: Tordina de Puvel
Other common names: Puvel's Thrush-babbler
Rio Cacine, Guinea-Bissau.
Often placed in genus Trichastoma. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
I. p. puveli
(Salvadori, 1901) – SW Senegambia S to Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, N Sierra Leone, N Liberia, Ivory Coast, S Ghana and S Togo.
I. p. strenuipes
(Bannerman, 1920) – S Benin, C, S & E Nigeria, Cameroon, extreme NE DRCongo and adjacent S South Sudan and W Uganda.
17–18 cm; 38–52 g. Nominate race has crown rufous-tinged brown with vague dark mottling, upperparts, including upperwing, rufous-brown, tail darker; lores and... read more
Song, for which male will ascend into trees, usually of 3–8 semi-musical notes in quick... read more
Undergrowth in lowland gallery forest, thick farmbush, riverine and ravine thickets, second growth... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including ants (Formicidae) and spiders (Araneae). Spends much of its time in foraging on ground in leaf litter or just... read more
Nov in Ivory Coast and Mar in Sudan; breeding-condition bird in Aug in Liberia and in Nov in DRCongo. One nest was a mossy cup 2 m off... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to locally common across range. Reported occurrence of nominate race in Mali now considered erroneous. Rare in Gambia and Senegal... read more
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