French: Gobemouche traquet German: Akazienschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas tarabilla
Other common names:
near Nuwerus, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. i. benguellensis
(Sousa, 1886) – SW Angola (arid coastal plain of Namibe and Benguela) and NW Namibia (Kaokoveld).
A. i. infuscatus
(A. Smith, 1839) – SW Namibia (Great Namaqualand) and SW South Africa (lower R Orange S to SW Western Cape).
A. i. namaquensis
(Macdonald, 1957) – Namibia (except NW & SW), extreme W Botswana and adjacent South Africa (NW Northern Cape).
A. i. placidus
(Clancey, 1958) – Botswana (except extreme W & SW) and NC South Africa (E Northern Cape, North West Province, NW Free State).
A. i. seimundi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1913) – SC South Africa (SW Free State S to N Western Cape and NW Eastern Cape).
19–21 cm; 37–39 g. Nominate race has head, side of neck, mantle, scapulars and back greyish mid-brown, rump and uppertail-coverts sometimes warmer brown; lores... read more
Song a quiet, conversational chirruping “chirr chirr cheep cheeerr chip chirrr krrt chirr cheep…”... read more
Commonest in arid acacia (Acacia) savanna, and shrubland of Karoo and Kalahari; also in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including ants (of family Formicidae) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); also small reptiles, including blind-snakes (Typhlops... read more
Occurs almost throughout year, extending from spring through the wet summer (Aug–Apr), with peak in Oct–Jan; possibly breeds... read more
Apparently entirely sedentary except in S Nama Karoo, where absent for periods of 2–3 years.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally very common; population trends unclear. In Kalahari (Botswana), average density 1 bird/10 ha; in Karroid broken veld, 1 bird/70... read more
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