French: Tisserin tricolore German: Dreifarbenweber Spanish: Tejedor tricolor
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. t. tricolor
(Hartlaub, 1854) – Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana and S Togo E to W & S Cameroon and extreme SW Central African Republic, S to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, extreme N Angola (Cabinda) and extreme SW DRCongo (mouth of R Congo).
P. t. interscapularis
Reichenow, 1893 – locally in N, C & NE DRCongo and SW & S Uganda, also NW Angola (Cuanza Norte).
17 cm; 32–44 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts, including upperwing and tail, glossy black, except for narrow golden-yellow collar (variable in width)... read more
Song is a series of chattering notes, followed by a musical 2-note whistle, "tsssui-tssui tsssuii... read more
Lowland forest, particularly along rivers or near swamps; also secondary forest and old plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily insects, including grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera), ants (Formicidae), butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera),... read more
Breeds in Mar in Guinea, Oct in Liberia, Aug–Oct in Ghana, Oct–Mar in Nigeria, Sept–Mar in Gabon, Feb in Angola; in... read more
Presumed resident, with local movements while foraging.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, but range fragmented and not uncommon in W range, and locally common in C forested regions and in E range; rare in SW Central African... read more
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