French: Gonolek ardoisé German: Schieferwürger Spanish: Bubú fúnebre
Meninga [Unyamwesi area of “Tanganyika Territory”], west-central Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
L. f. funebris
(Hartlaub, 1863) – NW Somalia and S through C Ethiopia to SE South Sudan, SW & extreme E Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
L. f. degener
Hilgert, 1912 – C & S Ethiopia and S Somalia, SE Kenya and NE Tanzania (E of Mt Kilimanjaro).
18·5–20 cm; male 33–50 g, female 23–55 g. Nominate race has whole head, neck and throat glossy jet-black, grading posteriorly into dark blue-grey on... read more
Loud, varied; male and female generally sing in antiphonal duet with gong-like notes, ringing fluty... read more
Semi-arid thornbush and acacia (Acacia) savanna woodland, mainly below 1500 m; from sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantids (Mantidae), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, termites (Isoptera),... read more
Season Apr–Jul in Ethiopia, Apr–May and Oct in Somalia, Nov in Uganda; in Kenya, breeds in long and short rains, Mar–Nov... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in SE Sudan (SE of Torit), and occurs between Boya Hills and NE Uganda and NW Kenya. In Ethiopia, common in Rift Valley and to E, in... read more
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