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Photo by peterday
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013
Melaenornis chocolatinus

Dioptrornis chocolatinus



  • Dark-brown upperparts
  • Greyish belly
  • Light under the rump
  • Buffy breast.


Eastern Africa: found in Eritrea and Ethiopia.


Two subspecies usually recognized:

  • M. c. chocolatinus:
  • M. c. reichenowi:
  • Highlands of western Ethiopia (Wallegha to Gimirra)

This species was formerly placed in genus Dioptrornis.


Humid, highland and mid-altitude forest and woods and coffee plantations to a height of 2,500m.



The diet includes flying insects which it hunts from a perch.


It builds a cup-shaped nest placed at a narrow fork of a horizontal tree branch. The clutch consists of 3 blue-grey, blotched eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Answers.com

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