Banded Wattle-Eye

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Common Name: Banded Wattle-Eye
Scientific Name: Platysteira laticincta

Size: 5 inches (13 cm)

Habitat: Africa. Bamenda Highlands of western Cameroon. Found in montane forest, dominated by species such as Podocarpus, Schefflera and Prunus, where it inhabits thick forest understory and seems to favor streams or dry stream courses.

Status: Endangered. Global Population: 2,500-9,999 mature individuals. Endangered because its montane forest habitat is under great pressure from human use (forest clearance for agriculture, grazing, firewood and timber) and, as a result, its range is very small, severely fragmented and undergoing a continuing decline. Forest-fires in the dry season are the most serious threat, particularly as the species inhabits thick undergrowth and nests close to the ground.

Diet: Insects caught in flight.

Nesting: It breeds in the early dry season, January-March, with nest-building starting in November. Nests built close to the ground.

Cool Facts: The Banded Wattle-bird is only likely to survive if the Kilum-Ijim forest, the largest remaining forest area in the region, is preserved. More sustainable farming techniques are being used to take pressure off the remaining forest. The condition of the Kilum-Ijim forest and its endemic birds is monitored, as well as the overall extent of forest cover in the Bamenda Highlands. Community based conservation activities were extended to other forest fragments in the Bamenda Highlands in 2000.

Found in Songbird ReMix Threatened Endangered Extinct 2

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