French: Cossyphe à calotte blanche German: Weißscheitelrötel Spanish: Cosifa coroniblanca
Original species name is a noun in apposition, and thus invariable. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. albicapillus
(Vieillot, 1818) – Senegal and Gambia E to Guinea, N Sierra Leone, S Mali and N Ivory Coast.
C. a. giffardi
E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Burkina Faso, N & C Ghana E, including extreme SW Niger, to N Cameroon, N Central African Republic and S Chad.
C. a. omoensis
Sharpe, 1900 – SE South Sudan and SW Ethiopia.
23–27 cm; 53–65 g. Resembles C. niveicapilla, but much larger and very long-tailed, lacks orange-rufous semi-collar; differs from all congeners in having... read more
Song a sustained, variable-speed, rich warbling with trills and scratchy harsh notes, not generally... read more
Thickets and gallery forest, usually in dry savanna-woodland areas with 300–500 mm annual... read more
Food and feeding
Few data; foraging birds apparently take insects in Nigeria, and are sometimes caught in traps baited with termites and ants in Cameroon.... read more
Jun, Aug–Sept and Dec in Gambia, Dec in Niger and Burkina Faso, and Jul in Nigeria. Nest a scant open cup of decaying leaves and... read more
Sedentary in Sudan, and elsewhere so far as known, but possibly partial migrant in W Africa;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common in Senegal; common in Madingo Mts, in Mali; frequent in N Ivory Coast; probably not uncommon in N Ghana; frequent and... read more
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