French: Néocossyphe à queue rousse German: Rotschwanz-Fuchsdrossel Spanish: Zorzal colirrufo
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow, 1884,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. r. gabunensis
Neumann, 1908 – C & S Cameroon and Gabon E to N DRCongo and W Uganda.
N. r. rufus
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) – E Kenya and E Tanzania, including Zanzibar. One record from S Somalia (Boni Forest#R), where status unknown.
22–25 cm; 53–80 g. Nominate race is rufous-brown, duller and greyer brown on head and upperparts; tail bright rufous except for darker central feather pair;... read more
Song consists of 2 clear high even whistles (commonly used as calls, and during aggression at ant... read more
Floor and lower understorey, occasionally middle strata, of primary lowland forest, rarely adjacent... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars, but also spiders, small... read more
Little information; only three nests found. Nov in Cameroon and Dec–Jan in Gabon; Apr–May, and breeding-condition bird in Sept... read more
Presumably sedentary. Occasional wandering or dispersal indicated by single records from Central... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common. Average density 3–4 pairs/km² in Gabon, where commoner at 800–1000 m than at lower levels. Nominate race fairly... read more
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