French: Cubla à gros bec German: Dickschnabel-Schneeballwürger Spanish: Cubla de Sabine
Other common names: Large-billed Puffback
J. E. Gray, 1831,
Differs somewhat from congeners in bill morphology. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. s. sabini
(J. E. Gray, 1831) – Sierra Leone E to S Nigeria.
D. s. melanoleucus
(J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851) – Cameroon S, discontinuously, to N Angola and patchily in NE, C & S DRCongo.
18–19 cm; male 31–44 g, female 32–39. Distinctive puffback with long, robust bill, culmen flat-convex and wide between nostrils; remiges curved, wing very... read more
Song a series usually of 5–15 notes on descending scale, at first short, thin, clipped and... read more
Canopy of tall primary forest, logged and secondary forests, riparian forest and swamp-forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), moths and large caterpillars (Lepidoptera), and termites (... read more
Almost unknown. In Liberia, enlarging gonads in Jun, Aug–Sept and Nov, and courtship display seen Aug and Oct–Nov; in Ghana,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to rare. Estimated densities of 2–5 pairs/km2 in Liberia and 8–10 pairs/km2 in Gabon. Uncommon in Sierra Leone,... read more
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