Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Congo Moor-chat (Myrmecocichla tholloni)


French: Traquet du Congo German: Kongoschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero del Congo

Saxicola Tholloni


, 1886,

Lékéti, on the Alima River, Congo




Disjunct range: SE Gabon, S Congo, W & SW DRCongo and extreme NE & C Angola.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Congo Moor-chat (Myrmecocichla tholloni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).