French: Salpornis de Salvadori German: Afrikastammsteiger Spanish: Agateador moteado africano
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. emini
Hartlaub, 1884 – West African Spotted Creeper – W Guinea, N Sierra Leone, extreme S Mali#R and N Ivory Coast E to Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad (S from Azoum/Chari confluence) and N Central African Republic; also S South Sudan, adjacent NE DRCongo (NE Uele) and formerly extreme NW Uganda (Arua district#R). Rare in Gambia and SE Senegal.
S. s. salvadori
(Bocage, 1878) – East African Spotted Creeper – extreme E Uganda and adjacent highlands of W Kenya; also C Angola, S & SE DRCongo, most of Zambia, NE, W & S Tanzania (S from near SE of L Victoria in W and from Songea and Liwale in SE), Malawi and N Mozambique (S to R Zambezi). Recorded also at extreme N Botswana (Kasane#R).
S. s. erlangeri
Neumann, 1907 – W & SC Ethiopian highlands.
S. s. xylodromus
Clancey, 1975 – N & C Zimbabwe (Zambezi Escarpment and Mashonaland Plateau) and adjacent Mozambique (Manica platform S to R Save).
15 cm; 13·5–16 g. Very distinctive if seen well, with spotted and barred plumage, long, slender, decurved bill and bark-gleaning habits; tail slightly rounded and, unlike... read more
Song in W Africa (emini) a short, simple series of clear, slightly plaintive whistled... read more
In W Africa principally in mature, open Isoberlinia woodland and in S tropics in rather... read more
Food and feeding
Diet comprises insects such as small beetles and their larvae, winged ants and other small hymenopterans, moths, bugs, caterpillars, and... read more
Season Jan–Feb in Ghana, Apr (and possibly Mar) in Ethiopia, May and Dec in Kenya/Uganda, Nov in Tanzania; Aug–Sept in Angola, Oct–Dec in... read more
Essentially resident, but some seasonal movements thought to occur. A scatter of records away from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In W Africa generally rather scarce and local, although may be frequent in NW Sierra Leone and N Ivory Coast; uncommon to locally... read more
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