Family Weavers (Ploceidae)

Least Concern

Red-headed Malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis)


Taxonomy

French: Malimbe à tête rouge German: Kletterweber Spanish: Malimbo cabecirrojo
Taxonomy:

Ploceus rubricollis

Swainson

, 1838,

Malembo, Cabinda, Angola

.

Several races proposed, including bartletti (W Guinea to W Togo), nigeriae (from Iju, near Lagos, in Nigeria), rufovelatus (from Bioko), centralis (described from Ndussuma, in Ituri district of NE DRCongo) and praedi (from N’dalatando, in W Angola); these, however, are separated by only slight differences in size, and variation in other characters considered trivial. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution:

W Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to S Nigeria, Bioko, S Cameroon, S Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, N, E & SW Congo, NW & W Angola (Cabinda; Uíge S to Cuanza Sul), also much of DRCongo (except extreme N and S & SE), extreme S South Sudan, W & S Uganda, extreme W Kenya (Kakamega and Nyandoro) and extreme NW Tanzania (Bukoba).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 40–55 g. Male has forehead, crown and nape scarlet, crown feathers stiff and spiky, scarlet extending behind ear-coverts to sides of neck; lores, cheek and ear-... read more

Voice

Song of introductory whistles, ending in sizzling "whuduteew-whuduteew szszszrrrrr"; male... read more

Habitat

Present in lowland primary forest and also transitional forest, as well as forest edge and... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous; in Ivory Coast diet estimated at 50% arthropods, 30% fruit, 20% other material. Insect prey include ants (Formicidae... read more

Breeding

Breeds Jul in Sierra Leone, Jan–Apr in Liberia, Dec–Mar in Ghana, Mar in Togo, Apr–May in Benin, mainly Nov–Apr (... read more

Movements

Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common within forest regions. Occasional records in extreme S Mali. One specimen of this species noted (of 2251 birds offered... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2017). Red-headed Malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis). 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/61077 on 13 December 2017).