French: Fauvette d’Abyssinie German: Hochland-Grasmücke Spanish: Curruca abisinia
Simen Mountains, Begemdir Province, northern Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. monachus
(Reichenow, 1892) – Mt Cameroon, in W Cameroon.
S. a. claudei
(Alexander, 1903) – Bioko.
S. a. abyssinica
(Rüppell, 1840) – African Hill-babbler – C Ethiopia, SE South Sudan, E Uganda, W & S Kenya and NE Tanzania.
S. a. ansorgei#R
(Rothschild, 1918) – WC & SW Angola, SE DRCongo and W Tanzania.
S. a. stierlingi
(Reichenow, 1898) – Stierling's Hill-babbler – EC & SW Tanzania, Nyika Plateau (extreme NE Zambia and N Malawi), and NW Mozambique.
13–15 cm; 14–25 g. Nominate race has crown and head side grey, upperparts and tertials rich brown, upperwing and tail dark brown with rich brown fringes; chin and... read more
Song (by both sexes) a beautiful rich clear warble of 5–20 notes (usually 8–13),... read more
Understorey, light-gaps and middle-storey creeper-laden thickets of broadleaf montane evergreen... read more
Food and feeding
Bark beetles (Scolytidae), coleopteran larvae, caterpillars of noctuid and geometrid moths, also small molluscs; small berries, fruits and... read more
Season Nov–Mar in Cameroon, Apr–Jul in Ethiopia and Nov–Jan in Sudan; breeding-condition birds in May and Aug, and with... read more
Resident. Reported seasonal movements unconfirmed by any hard evidence.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Common above 1600 m on Bioko I; secure on Mt Cameroon, in W Cameroon; common in Angola. Frequent in Ethiopian Highlands and common in mountains in extreme SE... read more
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