French: Échenilleur à épaulettes rouges German: Rotschulter-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero hombrorrojo
Senegal and Gambia E to S Chad, S Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, S to Sierra Leone, N Ivory Coast, SE Ghana, SE Cameroon, N Congo, N DRCongo, Uganda and extreme W Kenya.
20 cm; 23–35·5 g. Male is black, glossed greenish-blue, with red, orange or orange-yellow lesser and median upperwing-coverts (“shoulder” patch... read more
Mainly silent. Song, often as duet, a jumble of high-pitched whistles, squeaks and churrs,... read more
Forest patches, including edges and clearings, gallery forest, moist secondary growth, wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Eats caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and other insects, especially orthopterans and bugs (Hemiptera). Keeps to upper or middle storeys;... read more
Breeds during rains, May–Sept in Nigeria, Jul in W Sudan (Jun in S) and Mar–Apr in Uganda; carrying nesting material in Aug in... read more
Migratory in W Africa (E of c. 8° E) and in Sudan, moving N to breed during rains and returning... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and uncommon to locally common. No information on effects of habitat loss, but this species’ numbers may have been reduced by... read more
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