French: Irrisor à tête blanche German: Weißmaskenhopf Spanish: Abubilla arbórea cabeciblanca
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. bollei
(Hartlaub, 1858) – SE Guinea and Liberia to S Ghana, and from S Nigeria to S Cameroon, Central African Republic and extreme NW DRCongo; claimed report from SE Mali rejected#R.
P. b. okuensis
Serle, 1949 – W Cameroon (Mt Kilum).
P. b. jacksoni
(Sharpe, 1890) – S South Sudan, and E DRCongo to C Kenya.
30–35·5 cm; 45–68 g. Nominate male with forecrown, face, chin and throat buffish white; remainder of plumage dark and iridescent, much of body plumage and... read more
While foraging both sexes give a frequent high-pitched "kuk" note that is uttered either... read more
Inhabits lowland and montane primary forest, secondary growth, sometimes more open deciduous... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily arthropods, including adult and larval beetles, earwigs, grasshoppers, ants, termites, spiders (including egg cocoons),... read more
Evidence of breeding almost throughout year over entire range, in both wet and dry seasons; apparently lays in Ghana in May–Jun;... read more
Resident; individual birds probably highly sedentary, no movements recorded.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No population estimates available, so numbers of individuals entirely unknown; reasonably common resident of highland forest in Kenya; uncommon to... read more
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