French: Tchagra des marais German: Sumpftschagra Spanish: Chagra marismeña
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Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. minuta
(Hartlaub, 1858) – Marsh Tchagra – Sierra Leone E discontinuously to lower R Congo, N & E DRCongo (S to NW shores of L Tanganyika), South Sudan, E Sudan, Ethiopia, W Kenya and NW Tanzania.
B. m. anchietae
(Bocage, 1869) – Anchieta's Tchagra – Angola, S & SE DRCongo, N Zambia, SW Tanzania and N & W Malawi.
B. m. reichenowi
(Neumann, 1900) – E, C & S Tanzania (coastal lowlands S to R Rufiji, and inland in S Dodoma, Morogoro, Iringa and Songea).
B. m. remota
(Clancey, 1959) – SE Malawi, N & W Mozambique and E Zimbabwe.
15–19 cm; male 25–38 g, female 30–37 g, unsexed 32–41 g. A rather small, large-headed, thickset tchagra with comparatively short graduated tail; bill... read more
Song of male, in display-flight preceded by muffled wing-fripping, is short, cheery whistled "... read more
Rank waterside vegetation with moist grassy hollows, scattered bushes and elephant grass (... read more
Food and feeding
Quite large insects, including grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and bugs (Hemiptera). Forages low down... read more
Not well studied. Season Sept in Ghana, Jun–Jul in Nigeria and Oct in Sudan; various evidence indicates breeding in Feb–Jun and... read more
Resident, perhaps also partially migratory; most records in N part of W African range are in rains... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, and frequent or common only locally, within its very large but discontinuous range. This species' evident dependence on... read more
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