Laniarius erythrogaster

(Cretzschmar, 1829)

Vernacular names
English : Black-headed gonolek
French : Gonolek à ventre rouge

Classification
Class : Aves
Order : Passeriformes
Family : Malaconotidae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
The species reaches 21,5 cm for a weight of 55 g. Strong black bill, bright yellow eyes. Coloration mostly black with shiny dark violet iridescence. Vent is dull beige-yellow. Throat, breast and belly bright dark red.

Range and habitat
The species occurs in north-central Africa, from north Cameroon to Sudan and western Ethiopia, south to north Tanzania and south-east DR Congo. Lives in bushy grasslands, thornbush, usually near lakes and rivers, to 1500 m.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species seems to be facing no important threats at this time. It is locally abundant and very adaptable, sometimes found in or near big cities.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

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