Flametempled babbler

Stachyris speciosa

TAXONOMY

Dasycrotapha speciosa Tweeddale, 1878, Negros. Listed by some authorities in the monotypic genus Dasycrotapha.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Rough-templed tree-babbler; French: Lobelia spe-ciosa; German: Goldstirn-Buschtimalie.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

5.25 in (13.2 cm). Unique, rather bizarre appearance: black head with golden yellow forehead, lores, eye ring, and chin; bright reddish orange tufts on side of head. Streaked olive mantle with brown wings and tail. Breast yellow with black spots.

DISTRIBUTION

Restricted to central Philippine islands of Negros and Panay. HABITAT

Lowland forest understory. BEHAVIOR

Forages in small flocks, individually, or with other species. Very responsive to contact calls.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Presumed to be insects and seeds.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest and eggs undiscovered as of 2000.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered due to severe reduction and fragmentation of range resulting from deforestation.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Negros and Panay "flagship" potential. ♦

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