French: Cossyphe de Rüppell German: Braunrückenrötel Spanish: Cosifa de Rüppell
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. semirufa
(Rüppell, 1840) – Eritrea and W & S Ethiopia S to N Kenya (Moyale, Mt Marsabit), possibly SE South Sudan (Boma National Park#R).
C. s. donaldsoni
Sharpe, 1895 – EC Ethiopia.
C. s. intercedens
(Cabanis, 1878) – C & S Kenya and N Tanzania.
18–19 cm; 22–31 g. Nominate race has black head with long, broad white supercilium, olive-brown mantle to lower back and scapulars, dark brown wings, orange-... read more
Highly vocal in evening, may sing continuously from cover. Song powerful and beautiful, mixing rich... read more
Montane and submontane evergreen forest and edge, including riverine thickets and tangles, wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Only insects recorded, including beetles, moths, caterpillars, mantises and grasshoppers. Attends driver-ant swarms; sometimes associates... read more
Mar–Aug in Ethiopia; Mar–Jun (long rains) and one record Dec in Kenya. Nest an open cup of dead twigs, leaf skeletons, rootlets... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common and locally abundant throughout range. Especially common in forests on Chyulu Hills, in Kenya. In Tanzania, present in Arusha... read more
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