- Eremomela badiceps
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.
- fantiensis with creamy or yellowish belly
- latukae with duller and less chestnut on crown and nape
Western and Central Africa.
Not common but has a wide range.
Three subspecies recognized:
- E. b. fantiensis from Sierra Leone to western Nigeria
- E. b. badiceps from Nigeria to northern Angola and western Uganda, also on Bioko
- E. b. latukae in southern South Sudan
Formerly treated conspecific with Turner's Eremomela.
Lowland forest. Also in secondary forest, regrowth and small trees around villages and habitation.
Feeds on insects. Takes also berries and seeds.
Forages high in the canopy. Usually in small, noisy groups.
A territorial species, probably a co-operative breeder. No other information.
A sedentary species.
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- 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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