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Alternative name: Common Bristlebill

Photo by Tib78
Buhoma, Uganda, December 2014
Bleda syndactylus



Western Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • B. s. syndactylus:
  • B. s. woosnami:
  • B. s. nandensis:
  • Western Kenya (Nandi Hills)

An additional subspecies multicolor is generally considered invalid[2].


Lowland moist montane forests and moist shrubland.


A shy bird.


Their diet includes ants.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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