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Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Mabira Forest , Uganda , February 2010
Cossypha cyanocampter


15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Blackish head
  • Long white supercilium
  • Olive-brown mantle, neck sides and back
  • Browner wings


Western Africa: Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cyanocampter:
  • C. c. bartteloti:


They use dense undergrowth of primary forests and forest edges and along streams.



Their main diet consists of insects, such as ants, termites, beetles, caterpillars, moths, cicadas, grasshoppers, bugs, spiders and millipedes. They also eat some fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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