French: Tchitrec à ventre roux German: Senegalparadiesschnäpper Spanish: Monarca ventrirrojo
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
T. r. rufiventer
(Swainson, 1837) – Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher – Senegal, Gambia and W Guinea.
T. r. nigriceps
(Hartlaub, 1855) – Sierra Leone and Guinea (except W) E to Togo and SW Benin.
T. r. fagani
(Bannerman, 1921) – Benin and SW Nigeria.
T. r. schubotzi
(Reichenow, 1911) – SE Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and NE Congo.
T. r. mayombe
(Chapin, 1932) – S Congo and W DRCongo.
T. r. ignea
(Reichenow, 1901) – SE Central African Republic and DRCongo S to NE Angola and NW Zambia.
T. r. somereni
Chapin, 1948 – W & S Uganda.
T. r. emini
Reichenow, 1893 – SE Uganda, W Kenya and extreme NW Tanzania.
T. r. neumanni
Stresemann, 1924 – SE Nigeria, Cameroon (except SE) and Gabon S to NW Angola (Cabinda).
T. r. tricolor
(Fraser, 1843) – Tricolored Paradise-flycatcher – Bioko.
T. r. smithii
(Fraser, 1843) – Annobon Paradise-flycatcher – Annobón I.
Male 18–21 cm (male 30–32 cm including central tail feathers, but variable); 16·5 g. Male nominate race is mainly orange-rufous; head black, glossed steel-blue,... read more
Song, given by both sexes, is a short, cheerful “twee-twee-twee-twee-twee-twee-twee”; also has a... read more
Primary and secondary lowland and montane forest, forest-grassland mosaic, coastal scrub, farmbush... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, especially moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera, including cicadids),... read more
Season May–Jul in Gambia, Mar, May and Jun in Liberia, Feb–Sept in Ivory Coast, Feb in Togo, Apr, Jul and Nov in Nigeria, Dec... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to abundant throughout range. Locally common near coast in Gambia, becoming uncommon inland; common from coast to N highlands in Liberia;... read more
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