French: Martinet marbré German: Schuppensegler Spanish: Vencejo ecuatorial
J. W. von Müller
Subspecies and Distribution
T. a. lowei
(Bannerman, 1920) – Sierra Leone E, very patchily, to Nigeria; probably this race in Mali#R.
T. a. bamendae
(Serle, 1949) – NW Cameroon.
T. a. furensis
(Lynes, 1920) – Darfur (W Sudan).
T. a. aequatorialis
(J. W. von Müller, 1851) – Eritrea and Ethiopia S to S Mozambique and E Zimbabwe; also WC Angola.
T. a. gelidus
(Brooke, 1967) – SW Zimbabwe.
23 cm; male 84–104 g (mean 92·5 g), female 83–105 g (mean 96 g). Easily separated from only congeneric, T. melba, as latter has extensive white... read more
Infrequently given calls are described as harsh and shrill, and considered not unlike those of ... read more
Breeding restricted to granite highlands, where recorded up to 3000 m, occasionally higher,... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded prey comprises ants, including Crematogaster (Acrocoelia), ichneumon flies (Ichneumonidae) with other... read more
Laying dates: Ghana Jun and Oct, Nigeria possibly Nov–Jun, Ethiopia Jul, Kenya Feb–Mar, probably with two breeding seasons at... read more
Poorly understood. Non-breeding dispersal implied by wide scatter of records away from breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in much of range, and distribution postulated to have recently shifted southwards in Ivory Coast. Very localized within W African... read more
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