Grand Comoro flycatcher

Humblotia flavirostris

SUBFAMILY

Muscicapinae

TAXONOMY

Humblotia flavirostris Milne-Edwards and Oustalet, 1885. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Humblot's flycatcher; French: Gobemouche des Comores; German: Humblotschn├Ąpper; Spanish: Papamoscas de Humblot.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The body length is 5.5 in (14 cm). The sexes are colored similarly, with a brown back, wings, and tail, a white breast heavily streaked with brown, and a lighter streaked throat.

Humblotia flavirostris

| Resident

DISTRIBUTION

A rare, endemic, nonmigratory species that occurs only in the Comoro Islands, in the Indian Ocean just north of Madagascar.

HABITAT

Only occurs in natural tropical forest on the slopes of Mount Karthala, a periodically erupting volcano on Grand Comoro Island. Occurs within an altitudinal range of 2,600-6,600 ft (800-2,000 m).

BEHAVIOR

A nonmigratory species. Pairs of breeding birds defend a territory. The song is a sharp trill.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Searches from a perch for flying insects in low parts of the forest canopy.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Builds a cup-shaped nest in a relatively tall tree.

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