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Red-faced Crombec

Sylvietta whytii Shelley, 1894

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Peter Boesman 2019-11-08 Arusha National Park, Arusha, Arusha (Tanzania) song - [sono] 510419
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii whytii David Moyer 2016-12-09 Mbatamila, Mecula, Niassa, Niassa (Mozambique) (480 m) song -

Unusual sub-song introduction to the trill call typical of S. w. whytii and S. w. minima. This call is typical of birds in miombo woodland from Mulanje, Malawi and east through northern Mozambique and southern and eastern Tanzania north to coastal Kenya. But birds west of the highlands in Malawi and the Eastern Arc Mountains (Tanzania) through Kenya to Ethiopia have a very different call and are much closer to Long-billed Crombec, S. rufescens. I have no doubt that the whytii complex is polyphyletic as currently recognized but further studies are needed to tease out the relationships between the various forms of 'whytii' and rufescens. There are probably at least 3 species involved.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

346854
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii loringi Andrew Spencer 2014-12-28 Simbo Resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) (1600 m) song -

song from the same bird as in XC277070, in response to playback.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

277073
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii jacksoni Frank Lambert 2018-11-29 Lake Naivasha lakeside, Nakuru County, Nakuru (Kenya) (1900 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

455532
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii minima Frank Lambert 2017-11-03 Ndutu Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro, Arusha Region, Arusha (Tanzania) (1600 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

429967
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Peter Boesman 2015-12-08 Simbo resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) call - [sono] 300734
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii loringi David Marques 08-02-2011 Yabello-mega road, Oromia (Ethiopia) (1500 m) song (A) - Recording (not its ID) has been discussed. See the forum. 82652
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Rory Nefdt 2015-05-02 Ol Pajeta Conservancy, Laikipia, Laikipia (Kenya) (1800 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

239955
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Peter Boesman 2015-12-08 Simbo resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) song - [sono] 300732
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Peter Boesman 2015-12-08 Simbo resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) call and song - [sono] 300733
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii James Bradley 2017-11-28 Gembe Hills, Homa Bay (Kenya) (1600 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

395946
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii jacksoni Frank Lambert 2017-11-09 Arusha National Park, Small Momela Lake, Arumeru, Arusha Region, Arusha (Tanzania) (1400 m) song -

[many thanks to James Bradley for assisting with identification]

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

452038
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Sue Riffe 2017-02-06 KIA Lodge, Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) (900 m) song -

Natural vocalization from two birds at eye level.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

419992
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Rory Nefdt 2015-06-26 Lake Elementaita, Nakuru (Kenya) (1800 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

398906
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Rory Nefdt 2014-10-25 Mara Siria Camp, Mara Triangle, Narok (Kenya) (1800 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

200941
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii jacksoni Frank Lambert 2018-11-20 Baringo Cliffs, Lake Baringo, Baringo (Kenya) (1000 m) song -

same bird as XC451548

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

451549
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii jacksoni James Bradley 2020-03-07 Ruma National Park, Homa Bay (Kenya) (1200 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

537259
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii loringi Andrew Spencer 2014-12-28 Simbo Resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) (1600 m) call -

calls from one of a pair of birds moving at mid-height through dense scrub and open dry forest at the base of a tall cliff.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

277070
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii loringi Andrew Spencer 2014-12-28 Simbo Resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) (1600 m) call -

calls from the same bird as in XC277070, in response to playback.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

277072
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Barnaby 2019-08-28 Palma, Cabo Delgado Province, Cabo Delgado (Mozambique) (20 m) call -

Finch-like trill came from above my head in a small tree. A small group of Bronze Mannikins were in the same tree.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

494651
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii jacksoni Frank Lambert 2018-11-29 Lake Naivasha lakeside, Nakuru County, Nakuru (Kenya) (1900 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

455531
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii James Bradley 25-01-2011 Sultan Hamud, Kajiado (Kenya) (1690 m) song (B) -   73304
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Marc de Bont 17-2-2008 Bugisi, Shinyanga region, Mwanza (pre-2012) (Tanzania) (? m) alarm? call (A) - Bird at close range in small tree 33982
xeno-canto.org
Red-faced Crombec - Sylvietta whytii Peter Boesman 2015-12-08 Simbo resort, Lake Langano, Oromia (Ethiopia) call - [sono] 300735
xeno-canto.org
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