French: Cratérope de Sharpe German: Schwarzzügel-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide de Sharpe
Kakoma, south-west Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
T. s. sharpei
(Reichenow, 1891) – Sharpe’s Babbler – extreme E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda (except N), SW Kenya and NW & W Tanzania.
T. s. vepres
R. Meinertzhagen, 1937 – Nanyuki Babbler – Nanyuki area, on slopes of Mt Kenya (C Kenya).
24–26 cm; 66–91 g. Resembles T. melanops, but bill shorter, body more streaked, tail not so dark, and underparts with no buff tones; wary. Nominate race... read more
Chorus song a babbling “chookááh-chookááh-chookááh…”, having slightly insane and hilarious laughing... read more
Forest-edge thickets and scrub, wooded plains and acacia savanna, dense bushland, riverine woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, also small reptiles and small fruits. Forages in trees (higher up than T. plebejus), tall grass and... read more
Apr–Sept (peak Apr–May) in Uganda, Mar–Dec in Kenya and Mar–Jun in Tanzania. Co-operative breeder. Nest a rather... read more
Resident. Recorded in all months in Kampala region of Uganda, but sometimes unaccountably absent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in DRCongo; widespread in Rwanda and Burundi; widespread also in Uganda, where present in Murchison Falls National Park; locally... read more
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