French: Nigrette à ventre blanc German: Mantelschwärzling Spanish: Negrita pechiblanca
Other common names: White-breasted Negrofinch
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. f. uropygialis
Sharpe, 1869 – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and SW Nigeria.
N. f. fusconotus
Fraser, 1843 – SE Nigeria, Bioko, S Cameroon and extreme SW Central African Republic E to Uganda and W Kenya, S to Gabon, Congo, N Angola, SW & SC DRCongo, Rwanda and Burundi.
10–11·5 cm; 7–11 g (nominate). Nominate race has top and side of head glossy black, upperparts brown, rump, uppertail-coverts and tail black, flight-... read more
Song given from tops of trees, in Ivory Coast and Ghana (race uropygialis) slow, sweet... read more
Lowland and intermediate primary and secondary forest, forest edges and clearings, palms, cocoa... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including heteropteran bugs, caterpillars; also fruits, including figs (Ficus), euphorbs (of genus Macaranga),... read more
Season mainly Jan–Apr in W Africa, Nov in Bioko, in breeding condition in Jun in Cameroon; Jan, Jun–Sept and Nov in DRCongo,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to uncommon. Rather uncommon in W Africa; widespread and common in PRCongo and Gabon; locally common in N Angola; uncommon to... read more
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