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Scaly-breasted Illadopsis

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Alternative names: Scaly-breasted Thrush-Babbler; White-breasted Illadopsis

Photo © by Michael Hooper Bigodi wetland, Kibale, Uganda, October 2018
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Bigodi wetland, Kibale, Uganda, October 2018
Illadopsis albipectus


[edit] Identification

14cm (5½ in). A Thrush-like Babbler:

  • Dark greyish-olive crown
  • Upperparts and tail dark brown
  • Grey lores and cheek
  • Indisdinct pale grey supercilium
  • Greyish-white chin and throat
  • Pale grey upper breast, sometimes with vague dark scaling

[edit] Confusion species

Distinguished from very similar Pale-breasted Illadopsis mainly by voice. Note also the less defined breastband, the longer and paler legs and the shorter rictal bristles.

[edit] Distribution

Found in central Africa: Northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, southeastern Central African Republic, southern South Sudan, Uganda, western Kenya, and northwestern Tanzania; northwestern Angola
Common or even abundant in parts of its range, uncommon in others.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
The former subspecies trensei and barakae are no longer accepted.
Also placed in genus Malacocincla or Trichastoma.

[edit] Habitat

Dense ground cover in lowland primary forest, seasonal swamp-forest and transitional forest. Up to 2000m in Uganda.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on invertebrates (ants, small beetles, worker and soldier termites, caterpillars, milipedes, small snails).
Usually seen singly or in pairs, also in family parties. Forages mostly on the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season all year in Democratic Republic of the Congo. There is only one nest described which was a loose shallow cup made of rotting leaves. It was placed on the ground under a fern. Lays 2 eggs.

[edit] Movements

Resident species.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. 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

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