French: Agrobate podobé German: Rußheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola negro
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. podobe
(Statius Müller, 1776) – S Mauritania and N Senegal E to E Sudan and Eritrea; non-breeding also E Ethiopia, Djibouti and NW Somalia.
C. p. melanoptera
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) – W, C & S Arabian Peninsula; apparently summer visitor in C Arabia#R. Also, regular summer visitor to S Israel, where it has recently bred#R.
18–20 cm; 24–27 g. Long-legged scrub-robin with long, graduated and usually high-cocked tail. Nominate race is greyish-black, with black rump, wings and tail,... read more
Song, given most of year, a series of far-carrying, variable, short (1–2 seconds) phrases... read more
Hot arid subdesert and savanna with scattered shrubs or acacia bushes, groves of date palms and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet apparently unreported. Forages mainly on ground, probing seemingly bare sand or soil under bushes with some leaf litter; also in low... read more
Feb–Jul in Senegal, to Sept in Mali; Apr–Jun at L Chad, on Nigeria-Chad border; May in Sudan, May and Jul–Aug in Ethiopia... read more
Mainly resident. Apparently winter visitor to Somalia, where all records are in Nov–Mar;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common across Sahel, and very common across C Sudan; common in S Yemen. Extending range towards N & E in Arabian Peninsula... read more
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