French: Foudi des Comores German: Komorenweber Spanish: Fodi cabecirrojo
Other common names:
Zanzibar; error = Mohéli (Mwali) Island, Comoro Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
F. e. eminentissima
Bonaparte, 1850 – Mohéli (Mwali), in WC Comoros.
F. e. anjuanensis
(A. Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1888) – Anjouan (Ndzuani), in C Comoros.
F. e. algondae
(Schlegel, 1867) – Mayotte (Maore), in SE Comoros.
13 cm; 22–27 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead, crown, nape, chin, throat, chest, cheek and ear-coverts scarlet-red; lores black, eyestripe extending behind... read more
Song a sequence of high-pitched yodels, then a short trill, followed by a rising series of notes;... read more
Forested areas, habitat choice varying somewhat among islands; on Mayotte not found in intact... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insectivorous; also consumes seeds, fruits and nectar. Insects include damselflies (Odonata), adult beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds Nov–Apr on Aldabra and Oct–Mar on Mayotte. Monogamous. Male defends territory of c. 650 m2 (average on Aldabra). Male... read more
Resident. Patchy distribution on Mayotte and apparent genetic differentiation of subgroups no more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Aldraba EBA and Comoro Islands EBA. Reasonably common. Population on Aldabra 1000–3000 pairs; population... read more
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