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Eurystomus gularis


25 (9¾ in)

  • Rufous-chestnut overall plumage
  • Yellow bill
  • Purplish-blue chin patch


Western Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC, Angola
Eastern Africa: Uganda
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po)



There are 2 subspecies:

  • E. g. gularis::*
  • E. g. neglectus:


They live in secondary, or disturbed, lowland rainforest.



The diet consists mostly of insects taken in flight. Prey items are mostly ants, with some beetles.


The nest is in an unlined tree-hole. The clutch of 2-4 eggs are incubated for 17-20 days. The young fledge after approximately another 30 days.


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

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