The Black-headed Gonoleks (Laniarius erythrogaster) – also known as the Crimson-breasted Gonoleks – occur naturally in southern parts of Africa – from southern Angola to the Free State province in South Africa. They inhabit drier thornbush areas, in thickets and riparian scrub.
They are closely related to the Yellow-crowned Gonoleks (Laniarius barbarus) and the Black-headed Gonoleks (Laniarius erythrogaster) of East Africa.
The upper plumage is black; the plumage below is crimson-read. The wings have white markings. Both males and females look alike. Juveniles have a plumage that is mottled and barred buff-brown; and they have pale bills.
Diet / Feeding
These birds mostly feed on insects found in bushes or on the ground.