French: Cratérope fléché German: Weißstrichel-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide de Jardine
banks of rivers beyond Kurrichane, north-western Transvaal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. j. hyposticta
(Cabanis & Reichenow, 1877) – S Gabon, S Congo, SW DRCongo and NW Angola.
T. j. emini
(Neumann, 1904) – WC & S Uganda and SW Kenya S to E DRCongo and NW & N Tanzania.
T. j. tanganjicae
(Reichenow, 1886) – SE DRCongo and NC & NE Zambia.
T. j. kirkii
(Sharpe, 1876) – SE Kenya, C, E & SE Tanzania, NE (E part) Zambia, Malawi and N & C Mozambique.
T. j. tamalakanei
Meyer de Schauensee, 1932 – WC & S Angola E to extreme SW Zambia, NE Namibia and N Botswana.
T. j. convergens
Clancey, 1958 – N & E Botswana, Zimbabwe (except far N), C Mozambique and coastal NE South Africa.
T. j. jardineii
(A. Smith, 1836) – SE Botswana E to S Mozambique, S to N & NE South Africa, Swaziland and NE Lesotho.
22–25 cm; 56–85 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler, dull brownish-grey above, paler below, with distinctive pointed white tips of throat and breast... read more
Chorus song a harsh nasal chatter, “ra-ra-ra-ra-ra” or “scurr-urr-urr-urr-urr-urr-urr”, usually... read more
Dense thickets in higher-rainfall bush and tree savanna, open woodland underbrush, dry riverine... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly invertebrates up to 35 mm long, including termites (Isoptera), ants (Formicidae), bush-crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), moths... read more
Mar, May and Aug–Oct in Uganda; mainly Sept–May in Tanzania and Zambia, Sept–Jun (mainly Oct) in Malawi and Sept–... read more
Resident; some local displacements. In Uganda, recorded only Jun–Aug in W Nile region;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common over much of range, and adaptable to habitats partly influenced by man. Often common in Uganda, where present in Bwindi-Impenetrable... read more
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