French: Martinet de Shoa German: Maussegler Spanish: Vencejo de Shoa
Let Marefia, Shoa, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. poensis
(Alexander, 1903) – Bioko I (in Gulf of Guinea) and Cameroon#R.
S. m. chapini
(Prigogine, 1957) – E DRCongo, Rwanda and SW Uganda.
S. m. myoptilus
(Salvadori, 1888) – scattered populations from Kenya S to Zimbabwe. Recorded also in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Angola and South Africa.
16·5 cm; male 28–29·5 g, 22–30 g. Small swift with long, deeply forked tail appearing needle-thin when closed, bulbous head and thin wings tapering... read more
Very vocal: most characteristic is a metallic “tic” note preceded by several very short trills and... read more
Typically in moist highlands, preferably over gorges, waterfalls and evergreen forest. Recorded at... read more
Food and feeding
Flying ants recorded in stomach analysis. In Malawi, always feeds over forest canopy, typically of tall (25–40 m) trees and... read more
Egg-laying believed to occur between Sept and Dec in Zimbabwe, where birds seen entering comparatively large fissures in rocky outcrops;... read more
Typically resident, though regional movements recorded. In E Zaire around Kamituga and Tubangwa,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Varies considerably in status throughout range. Abundant in some wet mountainous areas of E Africa, but elsewhere far more local, though regularly... read more
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