French: Tchitrec noir German: Schwarzkopfmonarch Spanish: Monarca brillante
Other common names: Blue-headed Paradise-flycatcher, Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher
Camma River, Gabon.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. n. reichenowi
Sharpe, 1904 – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana and Togo.
T. n. nitens
Cassin, 1859 – S Nigeria, W & S Cameroon, S Central African Republic, Gabon and W Congo S to NW Angola, also S South Sudan S to W, S & E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda; recorded in NW Tanzania#R.
15 cm; 11·8 g. Has short but obvious crest, graduated tail. Male nominate race is wholly glossy blackish-blue above and to breast, with clearly delimited (by thin white line... read more
Song a fast, long, far-carrying, hollow “hohohohohohohoho…”, often introduced (in conflicts) by... read more
Lowland and mid-elevation primary and secondary forest, even degraded patches. Favours dense... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, mostly insects, including moths (Lepidoptera), orthopterans, coleopterans, hymenopterans (mainly ants), cockroaches (Blattodea... read more
Season Sept–Feb in Gabon, Feb, Aug, Sept and Nov in DRCongo, Apr in E Africa; also, birds in breeding condition (enlarged gonads) in... read more
Sedentary in Gabon. No further information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Density in NE Gabon variable, between 21·4–29·6 pairs/km², average 22 pairs/km². No other quantitative data.... read more
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