French: Coliou à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Mausvogel Spanish: Pájaro ratón cabeciblanco
Kinakomba, Tana River, east Kenya.
Races sometimes merged. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. leucocephalus
Reichenow, 1879 – SE Ethiopia, S Somalia, SE Kenya and adjacent area of NE Tanzania.
C. l. turneri
van Someren, 1919 – NC Kenya (SE of L Turkana and Marsabit S to Isiolo District).
29–31 cm, including elongated tail of c. 20 cm; male 31–42 g, female 28–39 g (mean of both sexes c. 35 g). Greyish, with creamy-white crown, crest and... read more
Poorly described in the literature, but plaintive cries and a "rit-rit" in contact have... read more
Dry thornbush vegetation in semi-arid areas, often thickets along watercourses. Usually at... read more
Food and feeding
Little information; eats fruits (e.g. Solanum), leaf buds and flowers (e.g. Acacia). Recorded in groups numbering 6... read more
Laying recorded in Jul in Somalia, in Jun–Aug in SW & C Kenya, and in Feb, May–Jul and Nov in Tanzania. Nest an open cup of... read more
Sedentary; possibly some nomadic and dispersive movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Relatively uncommon, with range fragmented in possibly four distinct areas; fairly common and widespread in coastal S Somalia, but... read more
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