Actinodura sodangorum Eames, Le, Nguyen, and Eve, 1999, Ngoc Linh, Vietnam. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Actinodure de Vietnam; German: Schwarzkronensibia. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
9.6 in (24 cm). Like the other six members of the genus, a compact-bodied, brownish bird, with a short bushy crest, a long tail, finely barred with black, and edged with white, and primary feathers barred like tail. Unique among genus in possessing a black crown, bold streaking on the throat, and very dark wings. Sexes monomorphic.
Discovered in 1996 on Mount Ngoc Linh, Kon Tum province, in the western highlands of Vietnam. Since found in six further Kon Tum sites, and on the Laotian Dakchung plateau.
Montane evergreen and pine forest, as well as grasslands and cultivated land.
Only observed as individuals or pairs, rarely with other species. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Gleans insects from foliage, primarily high in trees, sometimes in scrub.
Monogamous. Pairs often duet antiphonally. Nest undescribed.
Vulnerable. Habitat increasingly encroached upon by agriculture, though able to tolerate at least some cultivation.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Target for ecotourists. ♦
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