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Black-throated Wattle-eye

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MalePhoto by safariranger Kapishya Hot Springs, Zambia, July 2006
Photo by safariranger
Kapishya Hot Springs, Zambia, July 2006
Platysteira peltata


[edit] Identification

Length 14 cm, mass 11-15 g
Red eye-wattle over the eye.
Male - Green-black head, dark grey back, white chin, throat and belly, with black breast band.
Female - Similar to the male, but the throat and upper breast are black.

[edit] Distribution

Southern subtropical Africa:
Western Africa: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal

FemalePhoto by Alan MansonUmhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, July 2007
Photo by Alan Manson
Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, July 2007

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

Has been considered conspecific with Banded Wattle-eye.

[edit] Habitat

Forest: montane to coastal; often near water. Thickets and mangroves.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects.

[edit] Breeding

The 1 or 2 glossy grey-green eggs are laid in a cup-shaped nest. The female incubates the clutch for 16–18 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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