French: Hyliote australe German: Maschonahyliota Spanish: Hiliota austral
Umfuli River, Zimbabwe
Subspecies and Distribution
H. a. slatini
Sassi, 1915 – #RNE DRCongo (Semliki and W of L Albert S to W of L Edward), W Uganda (Bwamba Forest) and W Kenya (Kakamega and N Nandi Forests). One record from W Cameroon.
H. a. inornata
Vincent, 1933 – Angola, SE DRCongo (S Katanga), Zambia, NW Zimbabwe, and SW Malawi S to NW Mozambique (Tete Province).
H. a. australis
Shelley, 1882 – Zimbabwe (Plateau and E, S to Matopos Mts), C & S Mozambique (S to R Limpopo) and extreme NE South Africa (Kruger National Park, in E Northern Province).
11·5–13 cm; 9·5–12 g. Male nominate race is velvety black above, fluffy feathers of back and rump grey; greater and median upperwing-coverts white,... read more
Song a rapid rhythmic twittering, broken by short pauses; call a short “tsik”.
Undisturbed woodland, especially canopy of brachystegia (Brachystegia) and other miombo... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages singly, in pairs or in family parties, often with other species. Feeds in tops of large trees; gleans among foliage, and... read more
Recorded in Jul–Aug and Oct in Zambia, Oct in Malawi and Aug–Jan in Zimbabwe. Monogamous; solitary, territorial. Nest a deep,... read more
Mostly sedentary. Likely to occupy Zimbabwe lowveld only during austral winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Has patchy distribution, mainly in mature woodland in S tropics, where seldom common. Scarce to uncommon in the two outlying forest populations N of... read more
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