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Orange-breasted Bushshrike

From Opus

Disambiguation: This name has also been used for Lühder's Bushshrike Laniarius luehderi
Alternative name: Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike1

Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus
Photo by Valéry SchollaertMkumbara, Mombo, Botswana, September 2010
Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Mkumbara, Mombo, Botswana, September 2010

Telophorus sulfureopectus

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[edit] Identification

Length 16-18 cm
Yellow forehead, eyebrow, throat and belly; orange breast.

[edit] Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland

Photo by Andrew S Lake Langano, Ethiopia
Photo by Andrew S
Lake Langano, Ethiopia

[edit] Taxonomy

Clements (2010)1 places this species in the genus Telophorus.

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are two subspecies:

  • C. s. sulfureopectus
  • C. s. similis

An additional subspecies terminus is generally considered invalid5

[edit] Habitat

Savanna and woodland.

[edit] Behaviour

These birds are heard more often than seen, as they generally keep to the canopy; usually occur singly or in pairs.

[edit] Diet

They eat mainly arthropods gleaned from leaves, twigs and branches.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous and territorial. The nest is an untidy cup built of twigs and other plant material by both sexes, between 2 and 10 m above the ground. One to three eggs are laid and incubated for 13-14 days by both sexes.

[edit] Vocalisation

The male calls year-round; voice is varied, but the most common call is a kew-tee-tee-tee-tee-tee whisle.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and M Wright. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
  3. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  5. Avibase

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