Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Ethiopian Boubou|
|French (France)||Gonolek d'Abyssinie|
|Serbian||Etiopski bubu svračak|
|Spanish (Spain)||Bubú abisinio|
Nárgila Moura standardized the account with Clements taxonomy. Peter Pyle updated the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Peter F. D. Boesman updated the Sounds and Vocal Behavior section.
Laniarius aethiopicus (Gmelin, 1789)
- aethiopica / aethiopicus
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Ethiopian Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus Scientific name definitions
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Territories are well-spaced, possibly occasionally contiguous, and are advertised and defended by calling; physical aggressive interactions between neighboring pairs rare. The calling male often perches half-exposed on or near the top of shrubs, and bobs its head and bows body with each note it sings; in territorial interactions, the calling female often perches in shrub below male.
Mating System and Operational Sex Ratio
Presumably monogamous, but no specific information.
Courtship, Copulation, and Pair Bond
Pairs remains on territory all year, with territory size ca. 2 ha in breeding season, and up to 8 ha at other times. In courtship, the male chases the female, with the two hopping close together rapidly through leaves and branches and making short wing-flicking flights. The male gives shallow head bobs and, with his neck extended, bows his body, giving snarling calls, and then flies or half-glides downwards with slow wingbeats, which exposes the whitish back and rump feathers that are fluffed out. The male will then stand upright, raise his head, and call, and then depresses his head and body while calling kit-tuu-iii, droops the wings, fans the tail, raises the back and rump feathers and lets them droop fanwise while moving up and down, calling and fluttering in front of its mate mate, then copulating occurs.
Social and Interspecific Behavior