French: Cratérope bigarré German: Zweifarb-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide pío
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. h. hypoleuca
(Cabanis, 1878) – C & S Kenya S to N Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro).
T. h. rufuensis
(Neumann, 1906) – NE Tanzania.
22–25 cm; 67–80 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler, brown above and white below, with partial or full breastband. Nominate race has crown, nape and mantle... read more
Very noisy. Chorus song a loud “teeya-teeya-teeya”, “skare-skare-skare-skare…” or longer “... read more
Middle-elevation bushlands, edges of dry evergreen forest, secondary growth, patches of ... read more
Food and feeding
No information on diet; presumably mainly invertebrates, berries and seeds. Forages mostly on ground under thick cover of bushes, tossing... read more
Feb–Dec (peaks Apr–May and Nov) in Kenya and Nov and Feb in Tanzania. Nest a rough cup of leaves, twigs and coarse dry grasses... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Range relatively small. Locally common in Kenya, and a common bird in Nairobi gardens. In Tanzania occurs in three populations; one (around Mt... read more
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