Violet-backed Hyliota (Hyliota violacea) - HBW 11, p. 643
French: Hyliote à dos violet
Spanish: Hiliota Violácea
Other common names: Violet-backed Flycatcher
Taxonomy: Hyliota violacea J. Verreaux and E. Verreaux, 1851, Gabon.
Genus has in the past been placed variously with the Old World flycatchers (in family Muscicapidae), with the monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae) or with the batises and wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae); although plumage resembles that of some muscicapid flycatchers of genus Ficedula, and nest is like that of platysteirids, the nestling mouth spots, the unspotted juvenile plumage and behaviour are all typical of present family. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nehrkorni Hartlaub, 1892 - E Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, N & E Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, S Togo (Misahohe) and SW Nigeria.
- violacea J. Verreaux & E. Verreaux, 1851 - SE Nigeria and N, W & S Cameroon S to NW & SW PRCongo; C & E DRCongo (Salonga National Park, R Tshuapa, Manyema, Itombwe) and SW Rwanda (Nyungwe Forest).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
An adult (male) ? Violet-backed Hyliota preening in a swaying branch. Locality Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda (ssp violacea)
Christian Boix Hinzen 17 July 2007 3 years ago 22 sec 4
A female in the canopy Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2009 3 years ago 30 sec 3
A male in the canopy, preening Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2009 3 years ago 26 sec 3
foraging in canopy Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana (ssp nehrkorni)
Martin Kennewell 6 December 2010 1 year ago 24 sec 2
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