Dapple-throat Arcanator orostruthus

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Supreme understory skulker in montane forest, resembling a hybrid between a thrush and babbler. A dull and dowdy understory specialist with brown-olive upperparts and boldly-streaked cream-yellow underparts. Immature is more uniformly olive. Singles or pairs are highly localized residents working the leaf-litter in rich wet undergrowth of Eastern Arc montane forest, between 900–1800m, especially close to streams; shy and hops or runs quickly across forest-floor, seldom permitting absorbing looks. Vocalizations are variable, but most frequently utters a rich and fluty song “we-lu-we-lu-wel’li-lu” and sweet bulbul-like chattering calls. The Dapple-throat resembles immature robin-chats or thrushes, but lacks spotting and scaling on the upperparts.

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