Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Rachel's Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae)


Taxonomy

French: Malimbe de Rachel German: Rachelweber Spanish: Malimbo de Rachel
Taxonomy:

Sycobius Racheliæ

Cassin

, 1857,

River Muni, Equatorial Guinea

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Nigeria, W & SW Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and NC Gabon.

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm. Male has orange-red forehead and crown, passing into yellow on nape; upperparts, including wing and tail, black; lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat... read more

Voice

Song described as short, ending in buzzing, reminiscent of that of Ploceus cucullatus.... read more

Habitat

Lowland primary forest, at forest edge in groves of parasol trees (Musanga ceropiodes);... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; in Gabon, caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and mantids (Mantodea) noted in diet. Forages... read more

Breeding

Nest-building activity and sightings of dependent juveniles indicate breeding in Apr, Jun and Nov in Nigeria and Mar, Jun and Nov in Gabon... read more

Movements

Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Cameroon and Gabon Lowlands EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common; apparently sparsely distributed throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Rachel's Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae). 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/61076 on 16 December 2017).