French: Bulbul des Misuku German: Shelleybülbül Spanish: Bulbul de las Misuku
Misuku (Masuku) Hills, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], north-west of Lake Nyasa, Malawi
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. kakamegae
(Sharpe, 1900) – Kakamega Greenbul – E DRCongo (from SE edge of Ituri S to Mt Kabobo), SW Uganda (Kalinzu, Bwindi), SW Rwanda, W Burundi, W Tanzania (Kigoma) and W Kenya.
A. m. kungwensis
(Moreau, 1941) – Kungwe-Mahale Mts, in W Tanzania.
A. m. roehli
(Reichenow, 1905) – NE, C & SW Tanzania (from South Pare Mts and Usambaras S in Eastern Arc range to Songea and Njombe).
A. m. masukuensis
(Shelley, 1897) – Shelley's Greenbul – SW Tanzania (Rungwe, Ukinga) and extreme N Malawi (Misuku Hills).
16·5–17 cm; male 22–28g, female 20–25 g (kakamegae). A medium-sized, montane greenbul with distinctive foraging behaviour. Nominate race has top... read more
Relatively little known. Race roehli has fairly loud, simple “ke-kew-ke-kew-ke”, soft,... read more
Montane and mid-altitude forest, also gallery forest; 1000–2300 m in DRCongo, 900–2300... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods and small fruits. Fruits recorded in diet include Harungana, Maesa, Maesopsis, Renealmia,... read more
Feb and Sept–Nov in DRCongo, in Jan–Feb, Jul–Aug and Oct–Dec in Tanzania, and in Oct–Nov in Malawi; birds in... read more
Largely resident; some movement to lower altitudes during cold/dry seasons recorded in Tanzania (E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common, and even locally abundant. Densities difficult to assess owing to this species’ relative lack of vocalizations; in Eastern... read more
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