French: Gonolek à nuque rouge German: Rotnackenwürger Spanish: Bubú nuquirrojo
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. ruficeps
(Shelley, 1885) – NW Somalia.
L. r. rufinuchalis
(Sharpe, 1895) – EC, S & SE Ethiopia, C & S Somalia (except SE coast) and NE & SE Kenya.
L. r. kismayensis
(Erlanger, 1901) – S Somalia coastal lowlands and adjacent E Kenya (Kiunga).
18–19 cm; one male 35 g, female 29–33·4 g. Male nominate race has forehead black, crown, nape and hindneck bright orange-rufous or rufous-red, well-defined... read more
Not well known; varied, described as creaking (like sound of fishing reel), and harsh cawing very... read more
Dense, impenetrable thornbush, in NW Somalia particularly Acacia orphota, and open thorn-... read more
Food and feeding
Adult and larval insects. Forages on ground and lower branches in thickets, where it hunts silently, moving rapidly but furtively;... read more
Poorly known. Season May. Solitary breeder; possibly at times loosely colonial, with old (1920) record of 14 individuals found at Kyal, in... read more
Resident; may move locally.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Patchily distributed, and uncommon to locally common. In Somalia, present in NW in Burao region, common at Kyal, and patchily distributed from coast... read more
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