French: Traquet du Congo German: Kongoschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero del Congo
Lékéti, on the Alima River, Congo
Disjunct range: SE Gabon, S Congo, W & SW DRCongo and extreme NE & C Angola.
18–19 cm. Short-tailed chat, with curious shivering or “flittering” flight on rounded wings. Plumage is brownish-grey above with dark brown mottling, dark brown wings... read more
Song a series of slightly variable phrases consisting of short clear melodious whistles... read more
Open grasslands on sandy or marshy ground, usually with scattered bushes or small trees, especially... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, such as beetles and grasshoppers; small lizard found in one stomach. Forages mainly on ground, but often uses low perch in... read more
Young in Jul in DRCongo; breeding-condition birds Aug in Angola; evidently breeds at end of dry season. Nest very like that of M. nigra... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered locally fairly common in SE Gabon and PRCongo. Population of Central African Republic lies within Manovo-Gounda St Floris National... read more
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