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Photo by megan perkins
Kakum, Ghana, February 2011
Dryotriorchis spectabilis


54 – 60 cm

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White underparts with spots and bars
  • Black crown
  • Rufous collar
  • Light brown face
  • Dark stripe across cheeks
  • Dark streak down throat centre
  • Long tail
  • Short, hooked bill


West and Central Africa: occurs from Sierra Leone and Liberia to Ghana and again from southern Nigeria east to western Uganda ranging south to Gabon (perhaps northern Angola) and central Zaire.


Two subspecies are currently recognised:

  • D. s. spectabilis:
  • D. s. batesi:


Dense primary rainforest. Rarely seen due to secretive behaviour and poor light of its preferred habitat.



The diet includes chameleons, amphibians, and snakes.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. ARKive

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