French: Gonolek de Barbarie German: Goldscheitelwürger Spanish: Bubú coronigualdo
Forms a clade with L. erythrogaster, based on recent molecular studies#R. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. b. barbarus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania (mainly in Senegal Valley, but N to Tagant area), Senegambia and NW Guinea E to C Mali and S Niger, and S Chad, S to Liberia (Monrovia and Congo Town lagoon), N & S Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin, N, C & extreme SW Nigeria and N Cameroon.
L. b. helenae
Kelsall, 1913 – Sierra Leone coast from near Guinea border S to Bonthe.
23 cm; 44–52·5 g. Nominate race has forehead to hindneck olive-yellow, front and side of crown clearer yellow; lores, narrow line over eye, upper cheek, ear-... read more
Pair utters precisely synchronized calls in duet. Commonest duet a loud, pure, resonant, liquid... read more
Dense undergrowth in mesic and dry wooded savannas; thickets on large, old termite (Isoptera)... read more
Food and feeding
Eats insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars and large numbers of grasshoppers and locusts (Acrididae); occasionally takes... read more
Breeds primarily in wet season: Aug–Sept in Mauritania, Jan–Sept (mainly Jun–Aug) in Gambia; in Mali, Apr–Sept N of... read more
Sedentary, often highly so, pair keeping to same dense thicket all year.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common in much of range. Frequent to common throughout Senegal and Gambia, and frequent in N Guinea-Bissau; quite common in C &... read more
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