French: Bagadais casqué German: Weißschopf-Brillenvanga Spanish: Prionopo crestiblanco
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. plumatus
(Shaw, 1809) – Senegal E to N Cameroon.
P. p. concinnatus
Sundevall, 1850 – C Cameroon E to S Sudan, NW Ethiopia, NE DRCongo and N Uganda.
P. p. cristatus
Rüppell, 1836 – Eritrea, N, C & SW Ethiopia, E South Sudan, E Uganda and NW Kenya.
P. p. vinaceigularis
Richmond, 1897 – Somalia, E & S Ethiopia, N & E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
P. p. poliocephalus
(Stanley, 1814) – E Tanzania, Malawi, SE Zambia and Mozambique S to NE South Africa (N KwaZulu-Natal).
P. p. talacoma
A. Smith, 1836 – S Uganda and C & S Kenya S to SE DRCongo, Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana and NE South Africa.
19–25 cm; 25–49 g. Nominate race has extensive elongated (up to 45 mm) crest of greyish-white feathers on mid-crown, shorter (c. 10 mm) crest of whitish spiky... read more
Noisy, vocalizations important in regulating intra-group social interactions; at least some calls... read more
Breeds mainly in deciduous broadleaf savanna woodlands, including those dominated by Baikiaea... read more
Food and feeding
Diet small invertebrates, also small reptiles, and fruit. Among invertebrates, caterpillars account for 46% of items, butterflies and moths... read more
Egg-laying virtually throughout year, especially Mar–Nov (mainly Mar–Jul and Oct–Nov), in W Africa, mainly Feb–Jun... read more
Largely resident, but with widespread seasonal movement out of breeding home range, including... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common over large parts of range. Density of up to 1 group/10 ha in far S of range. In Zimbabwe, 140 home ranges 4·5–30 ha,... read more
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