French: Coliou huppé German: Blaunacken-Mausvogel Spanish: Pájaro ratón nuquiazul
Subspecies and Distribution
U. m. macrourus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – coastal SW Mauritania and Senegal; recorded also in Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
U. m. syntactus
(Oberholser, 1905) – Sahelian and Sudanese zones from Mali, S Niger and N Nigeria E to Sudan, Eritrea and N Ethiopia.
U. m. laeneni
(Niethammer, 1955) – Aïr Massif, in NC Niger.
U. m. abyssinicus
Schifter, 1975 – C & S Ethiopia, and N Somalia (S to about Beledweyne).
U. m. griseogularis
van Someren, 1919 – South Sudan, E DRCongo, W Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and NW & (probably this race) SW Tanzania; this race sometimes said to occur in SW Ethiopia.
U. m. pulcher
(Neumann, 1900) – extreme SE South Sudan, E Uganda, Kenya, extreme S Ethiopia#R, S Somalia and N Tanzania.
U. m. massaicus
Schifter, 1975 – C & E Tanzania (E to near Dar-es-Salaam).
33–36 cm, including elongated tail of 20–28 cm; 34–65 g. Ash-grey plumage, darker above than below, bright turquoise-blue patch on nape and hindneck, long... read more
Loud, clear, whistled "tieee", repeated every 3–5 seconds, by lone bird atop tree,... read more
Open woodland and bush in semi-arid country, including thornbush, savanna, open Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fruits, supplemented with leaves, flowers and buds. Berries of Salvadora persica of supreme importance in some areas (Niger... read more
Throughout year, with peaks varying regionally, typically in or just after rainy seasons: in May–Jun in Nigeria, May–Jun and... read more
Sedentary or locally nomadic. At least in Senegal, Mali, Kenya and Tanzania, regular dry-season... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and fairly common to common, or locally abundant, throughout most of range from Senegal to Ethiopia and Kenya; very common... read more
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