French: Hyliote à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchhyliota Spanish: Hiliota ventrigualda
Subspecies and Distribution
H. f. flavigaster
Swainson, 1837 – Gambia S to N Sierra Leone, E through Guinean savanna belt (N to SW Chad and C Central African Republic, S to W Cameroon and NE DRCongo) to South Sudan, W Ethiopia, W & S Uganda and W Kenya.
H. f. barbozae
Hartlaub, 1883 – SE Gabon and Congo, W & NE plateau of Angola, and from W & S DRCongo (lower R Congo; N end L Tanganyika S to Kasai and Katanga) and W & SE Tanzania (Ufipa S to Biharamulo; R Rufiji S to Songea) S to Zambia and NW, C & S Mozambique.
11·5–12 cm; 11·5–14 g. A medium-sized dark-backed warbler with broad white wingband. Male nominate race is black, glossed violet-blue, above; greater and median... read more
Usually silent. Song a rather twangy repeated “tchu-whee, tchu-whee”; also short high-pitched... read more
Moist savanna with medium-sized to large trees; open woodland, especially Combretum/... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including tiny beetles (Coleoptera), young mantids; insect eggs. Forages in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species parties... read more
Breeds in May–Aug in W Africa, Apr–May (in early rains) in NE DRCongo, Dec in W Kenya, and Oct–Dec in Zambia and Malawi.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to scarce. Reasonably widely distributed, but range somewhat fragmented, and nowhere very common. Adversely affected by loss of... read more
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