Family Hyliotas (Hyliotidae)

Endangered

Usambara Hyliota (Hyliota usambara)


Taxonomy

French: Hyliote des Usambara German: Usambarahyliota Spanish: Hiliota de los Usambara
Taxonomy:

Hyliota australis usambara

W. L. Sclater

, 1932,

Amani, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Tanzania

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Often treated as a race of H. australis, but is sexually monomorphic and has several distinctive plumage characters. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Foothills of E Usambara Mts (once in W Usambaras at 1000 m), in NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 9·5–11·2 g. Top and sides of head and upperparts are glossy blue-black, with grey showing through on rump; flight-feathers black with narrow white edges,... read more

Voice

A series of thin squeaky notes, transcribed as “mbambasana”.

Habitat

Forest canopy, forest edge and coffee plantations, at 300–1000 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages restlessly, alone or in pairs, sometimes with other species. Gleans and flycatches in crowns of large trees, keeping to... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Limited to a small fragmented area, within which it appears to be rare. An old record from R Rumi (near Dar es Salaam). Lowland and foothill forest occupied by... read more

Recommended citation

Pearson, D. (2018). Usambara Hyliota (Hyliota usambara). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58847 on 24 May 2018).