French: Gobemouche à petit bec German: Strichelkopfschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas piquicorto
Other common names:
Bradyornis [sic] microrhyncha
Irangi (= Kondoa Irangi) district, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. pumilus
Sharpe, 1895 – Ethiopian Grey Flycatcher – C Ethiopia and N Somalia.
B. m. neumanni
Hilgert, 1908 – S South Sudan, S Ethiopia, N Kenya and C Somalia.
B. m. burae
Traylor, 1970 – SE Somalia and E Kenya.
B. m. microrhynchus
Reichenow, 1887 – African Grey Flycatcher – SW Kenya and N, C & W Tanzania.
B. m. taruensis
van Someren, 1921 – SE Kenya.
14 cm; 16–24 g (nominate), 11–20 g (burae). Male nominate race has entire upperparts, including sides of head and neck, scapulars and uppertail-coverts,... read more
Low, thin “tweety” call; alarm a nasal “shree-shree”. Song rarely heard, a... read more
Open thornbush and scrub of rather xerophytic deciduous types, including acacia (Acacia)... read more
Food and feeding
Eats caterpillars and other insect larvae, also adult moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (of family Scarabaeidae),... read more
Breeds in Apr and Aug–Oct in Ethiopia and May in Somalia; in all months except Jul, with peaks in short rains and long rains, in E... read more
Apparently sedentary, but reportedly present in S Sudan only in dry season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in most of range. No information on any potential threats. Present in numerous protected areas, e.g. Awash National Park (... read more
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