French: Malimbe à queue rouge German: Rotsteißweber Spanish: Malimbo culirrojo
‘Western Africa’ = Sierra Leone
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. scutatus
(Cassin, 1849) – Western Red-vented Malimbe – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast and SW Ghana.
M. s. scutopartitus
Reichenow, 1894 – Eastern Red-vented Malimbe – SE Benin, S Nigeria and SW Cameroon.
17 cm; 28–33 g. Male nominate race has forehead, crown and nape scarlet-red, linked by broad red band to large scarlet patch across breast; lores, cheek, ear-coverts,... read more
Song described as melodious and pleasant, with repeated phrases, "peeyo-peeyo-tsitsi-pyurr-tsu-wee-... read more
Formerly inhabited upper canopy and tall emergent trees in mature lowland forest; now found also in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet chiefly insects, e.g. caterpillars (Lepidoptera) in stomach contents; also eats husks of oil palm nuts. Forages mainly in canopy, in... read more
Records of breeding season based primarily on nest-building and sightings of juveniles: in Feb in Guinea, Dec–Feb (also active at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common within forest zone. Isolated record (of nominate race) from Togo. Total of 110 specimens of this species (of more than 7000 birds, of... read more
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