French: Martinet d’Ussher German: Baobabsegler Spanish: Vencejo de baobab
Other common names:
Mottled Spine-tailed Swift
Subspecies and Distribution
T. u. ussheri
(Sharpe, 1870) – Senegambia E, discontinuously, to Nigeria.
T. u. sharpei
(Neumann, 1908) – S Cameroon to Gabon, and DRCongo E to Uganda.
T. u. stictilaema
(Reichenow, 1879) – Kenya and NE & C Tanzania, including Zanzibar and Pemba.
T. u. benguellensis
(Neumann, 1908) – W Angola; S Zambia and S Malawi S to E Zimbabwe, S Mozambique and extreme NE South Africa.
14 cm; male 33 g, female 34·5 g. Medium-sized spinetail with typical spinetail "butter-knife" wing shape, with hooked outer wing, bulging inner primaries... read more
Rather silent. Commonest call is a repeated rhythmic, chattering “titititititi-rrit....titititititi... read more
A lowland species over much of range, though recorded to 2200 m in E Africa and 900 m in Zambia.... read more
Food and feeding
Winged ants and small numbers of flies, termites and Hymenoptera. Highly mobile when foraging and often seen only fleetingly. Typically in... read more
Breeds Transvaal Apr–May; enlarged gonads Zaire Jan and Jul–Aug, Cameroon Feb, Kenya Feb and Apr, Uganda Mar and Sept;... read more
Resident throughout much of range, yet some seasonal movements recorded. Occurs in SW Mt Kenya... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Status varies throughout range. Most abundant in parts of E & C Africa, rarest in limited S African range, where it is thought that protection of... read more
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