French: Cratérope masqué German: Schwarzgesicht-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide enmascarado
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Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. angolensis
A. A. R. Pinto, 1967 – SW Angola (Huíla, E Namibe).
T. m. melanops
(Hartlaub, 1867) – S Angola and N Namibia.
T. m. querula
Clancey, 1979 – SE Angola, NW Botswana and NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip).
25 cm; 75–78 g. Medium-sized dull grey-brown Turdoides babbler with grey-flecked crown, pale eye, lightly scaled breast and black tail. Nominate race has... read more
Chorus song a nasal chattering “wha-wha-wha-wha-what…”, “jeu jeu jeu jeu” or faster “... read more
Underlying creepers, thickets and secondary growth in understorey of dense Acacia and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, small reptiles and some fruit. Forages low down in grass and on ground, often using the bill to toss aside leaves. Found in small... read more
Nov–Jan in Angola and Oct–Dec and Mar in Namibia. Co-operative breeder, with up to four helpers at nest. Nest a rough bowl of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Common along at least part of R Cunene, in Angola; present in Etosha National Park, in Namibia; uncommon to locally... read more
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