French: Cossyphe à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchrötel Spanish: Cosifa ventriblanco
Other common names:
Bakaki, Bioko Island
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. roberti
(Alexander, 1903) – White-bellied Robin-chat – SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W Cameroon (including Mt Cameroon) and Bioko.
C. r. rufescentior
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1908) – Albertine Robin-chat – E DRCongo (Kivu Mts and Itombwe), SW Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) and Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest).
13 cm. Similar in size and coloration to Sheppardia aequatorialis. Plumage is olive-brown from head (below eye) to upper back, with narrow white line from bill over... read more
Song, often preceded by lengthy introduction of subdued phrases, a standard phrase, repeated with... read more
Primary and old secondary forest, at 1300 m in Nigeria, 650–2400 m in Cameroon, 800–... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, mainly insects (including beetles and caterpillars), and small fruits (Galmiera). Forages in all strata, from... read more
Breeding-condition birds Nov and Mar in Cameroon (with juveniles Feb), Nov on Bioko (juvenile Apr), Jan–May in DRCongo, and Mar... read more
Sedentary; some altitudinal movement possible.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common SE Nigeria and W Cameroon; Mt Kilum (Mt Oku) is only known stronghold in Bamenda Highlands (Cameroon). Fairly common in... read more
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