French: Traquet à queue brune German: Braunschwanz-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro pardo
Other common names:
near Keren, Bogosland, Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
O. s. furensis
(Lynes, 1926) – E Chad and W Sudan (Darfur).
O. s. scotocerca
(Heuglin, 1873) – #RBrown-tailed Chat – Red Sea hills in NE Sudan, N Ethiopia and N Eritrea.
O. s. turkana
(van Someren, 1920) – extreme SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, E Uganda and N & NC Kenya.
O. s. spectatrix
(S. R. Clarke, 1919) – Pale Chat – Awash Valley (E Ethiopia) and adjacent N Somalia.
O. s. validior
(Berlioz & Roche, 1970) – NE Somalia.
13–14 cm; 16–21 g. Nominate race is nondescript greyish-brown above, with slightly rufescent ear-coverts and rump (not so strong as in O. familiaris... read more
Song a thin, short, rapid liquid chirruping phrase, “seeseesuweet” or “tcheesueet... read more
Sandstone and boulder-strewn wadis, arid rocky country with scattered shrubs or acacia bushes,... read more
Food and feeding
Ants and termites in two stomachs, and seeds in one. Food brought to nestlings in N Ethiopia over 1·5-hour period mostly insects (... read more
Apr in Eritrea; Mar–Apr in N Ethiopia; nest-building in May in Somalia. Nest like that of O. melanura, with foundation of... read more
Presumably sedentary. Present all year in N Ethiopia.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Race furensis locally abundant, with 10–20/ha at Kilingen, in Chad, and common in N Sudan. Nominate race common at 1100–1700 m;... read more
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