French: Fauvette brune German: Braungrasmücke Spanish: Curruca parda
Other common names:
Sylvia (Curruca) lugens
Simien Province, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. lugens
Rüppell, 1840 – Ethiopian highlands (except Bale Mts).
S. l. griseiventris
(Érard, 1978) – Bale Mts (SC Ethiopia).
S. l. jacksoni
(Sharpe, 1899) – S South Sudan and N Uganda (Didinga Mts and Imatong Mts), Kenya, N Tanzania, SE DRCongo (Marungu Highlands), NE Zambia and Malawi.
S. l. prigoginei
(Schouteden, 1952) – E DRCongo (NW of L Tanganyika, and Itombwe Highlands).
S. l. clara
(Meise, 1934) – S Tanzania (Matengo Highlands).
13·5 cm; 12–18 g. A brownish to grey-brown smallish Sylvia with rounded head, proportionately short and rounded wings, and long tail distinctively edged... read more
Detailed studies of regional dialects lacking, but probably significant differences among races.... read more
Mainly open acacia (Acacia) woodland and bushy areas in highlands between 1400 m and 3700... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including long caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera) and aphids (Aphoidea), also spiders (Araneae); berries and small seeds also... read more
Most data based on recent detailed study in Kenya (Rift Valley). Season Apr–Dec, peaks in Jun and Oct (all pairs breeding or feeding... read more
Resident; juvenile dispersal and altitudinal movements presumably occur.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Ethiopia, more scarce in Kenya and Tanzania; probably rare elsewhere. Fairly common in Bale Mountains National Park, in Ethiopia.... read more
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