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Rufous-crowned Eremomela

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Photo by Kwame BrownKakum NP, Ghana, April 2018
Photo by Kwame Brown
Kakum NP, Ghana, April 2018
Eremomela badiceps


[edit] Identification

10cm (4 in).

  • Chestnut forehead to nape
  • Black band through lores and ear-coverts
  • Grey upperparts, dark grey-brown upperiwng with grey-buff edges
  • Blackish-brown tail
  • White chin and throat
  • Black band on upper breast
  • Creamy white rest of underparts, grey flanks

Sexes similar. Juveniles have dull olive-green upperparts, a cinnamon-brown tinged crown, are pale yellow below and the breastband is light greyish or even absent.

[edit] Variations

  • fantiensis with creamy or yellowish belly
  • latukae with duller and less chestnut on crown and nape

[edit] Distribution

Western and Central Africa.
Not common but has a wide range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Three subspecies recognized:

Formerly treated conspecific with Turner's Eremomela.

[edit] Habitat

Lowland forest. Also in secondary forest, regrowth and small trees around villages and habitation.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects. Takes also berries and seeds.
Forages high in the canopy. Usually in small, noisy groups.

[edit] Breeding

A territorial species, probably a co-operative breeder. No other information.

[edit] Movements

A sedentary species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2006. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553064

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