French: Outarde à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauchtrappe Spanish: Sisón ventrinegro común
Lake Tsana, Ethiopia.
Closely related to L. hartlaubii. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. melanogaster
(Rüppell, 1835) – Africa S of Sahel S to R Zambezi and S Angola (absent from regions of heavy forest and from most of Horn of Africa).
L. m. notophila
Oberholser, 1905 – Zimbabwe and Mozambique S of R Zambezi to extreme E South Africa and Swaziland.
Male 60 cm, 1800–2700 g; female 60 cm, 1400 g. Upperparts tawny buff, with large dark arrow-shaped blotches, tail brown with four thin dark bars; face greyish white... read more
Rather silent. However, breeding male gives an advertising call from some elevated prominence; a... read more
Tall dense open grassland, grassland with bushes, and savanna woodland (including miombo woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Forages singly, or in pairs during the breeding season. Takes chiefly insects, apparently mostly beetles, but also grasshoppers, bugs,... read more
Male display includes a flight with deliberate wingbeats, alighting with raised wings after a glide. June–September in sub-Sahel,... read more
Both sedentary and at least partially migratory. Situation in Ghana unclear, where resident in area... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Global population size unknown. Decrease in Senegal and Gambia since 1980, but apparently still common in savanna zone of N... read more
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