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Photo © by volker sthamer
Buhoma, Bwindi Forest, Uganda, January 2019
Chamaetylas poliophrys

Alethe poliophrys

Identification

15 cm (6 in).

  • Black crown encircled by broad grey line from forehead through supercilium to nape
  • Rufous-chestnut mantle to rump
  • Dark brown wings and tail with rufous-chestnut fringes
  • Greyish-black face and chin
  • Orange-rufous throat
  • Brownish-white breast, shading to whitish on belly and vent
  • Black bill, pale greyish-pink legs

Variations

kaboboensis is browner, less rufous above and with a paler throat

Sexes similar.
Juveniles are blackish with pale orange streaks above, wing-coverts tipped pale orange and black, blackish below to belly with neat buff streaking, shading to off-white lower belly and vent.

Distribution

Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Common in its restricted range.

Taxonomy

May form a superspecies with Cholo Alethe, White-chested Alethe and Brown-chested Alethe.
Formerly placed in genus Alethe and in Pseudalethe by Clements. However, Chamaetylas has priority over Pseudalethe.

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized:

Habitat

Dense undergrowth of moist montanes.
Occurs at 1300 to 3000 m.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on invertebrates like beetles, flies, army ants, spiders, earthworms and snails.
Forages on the ground, occasionally flying up to glean prey from lianas and trunks. Follows ant swarms, also joins mixed flocks, especially in the dry season.

Breeding

Breeding season in March in Uganda, September to October in Rwanda, probably all year in DRC. The nest is a cup made of green moss, placed low off ground in a natural cleft. Lays 2 eggs.

Movements

This is a sedentary species.

References

  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  3. Avibase

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