French: Cratérope brun German: Sudanschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide pardo
Kordofan Province, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. platycirca
(Swainson, 1837) – Extreme S Mauritania and Senegal E to SE Mali, SW Niger and W Nigeria.
T. p. plebejus
(Cretzschmar, 1828) – NE Nigeria E to C & S Sudan.
T. p. cinerea
(Heuglin, 1856) – SE Nigeria E to South Sudan and SW Ethiopia, S to Cameroon, NE DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya.
22–25 cm; 52–80 g (laying female 88 g). Medium-sized greyish-brown Turdoides babbler with black bill, streaky crown, and white-chevroned throat and... read more
Song in chorus described as an irritable chuckling, in bursts lasting 5–10 seconds and... read more
Open savanna woodland, particularly with Lophira alata, parkland, denser parts of open... read more
Food and feeding
Ants (Formicidae), beetles (Coleoptera), mantids, termites (Isoptera), inchworms and, in beeswax, wax-moth larvae; also beeswax itself,... read more
Apr and Aug in Mauritania; Jun, Aug–Oct and Dec–Jan in Gambia; Mar–Jun and Aug in Sierra Leone; Apr–May, Jul and... read more
Mostly resident; some seasonal movement. In C Burkina Faso noted more often in wet season than in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common across range. Widespread and patchily common in Senegal, and common throughout Gambia; present and common in Boucle du Baoul... read more
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