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.
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.
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.
Nest and eggs undiscovered as of 2000.
Endangered due to severe reduction and fragmentation of range resulting from deforestation.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Negros and Panay "flagship" potential. ♦
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