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Chestnut Wattle-eye - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo © by volker sthamer
Budongo Forest, Uganda, 23 January, 2020
Platysteira castanea

Identification

10–11cm
Male

  • Glossy black upperparts
  • White underparts and rump
  • Black breast band
  • Grey bare skin (eye wattle) around eye
  • Dark brown iris

Female

  • Dull brownish-black
  • Grey head
  • White belly and chin
  • Chestnut chest and sides to head

Distribution

Africa: from southern Nigeria to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, northern Tanzania and northern Angola.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with West African Wattle-eye.
This species is placed in the genus Dyaphorophyia by some authorities[2].

Habitat

Swamps, damp savanna, moist lowland forests to 1,800m.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes insects.

Breeding

Monogamous. Its nest is small and cup-shaped; 1-2 glossy blue-green eggs are laid and incubated by the female for 17 days.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread with Wattle-eye phylogeny discussed in post 15
  3. Answers.com
  4. novelguide.com

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