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Photo © by volker sthamer
Similiki forest gorge, Uganda, January 2019

Alternative name: Red-tailed Leaflove

Phyllastrephus scandens


22 cm (8¾ in)

  • Grey head
  • Greyish-olive back
  • Rusty tail
  • Yellow belly with cream white undertones

Sexes are similar.
Juvenile: also olive-grey with a rusty tone, the chin and the underparts are white, and the undertail is a pale rust.


East central Africa



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. s. scandens:
  • P. s. orientalis:


Gallery forests, thickets and forests around rivers, always near water.



Their main diet consists of arthropods, such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, small termites and also some berries.


They construct a small cup-shaped nest suspended in twigs by cobwebs. The female incubates the eggs alone.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2019)

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