11–12 cm; 6–8 g. A tiny, prinia-like warbler with long, strongly graduated tail (of twelve feathers), highly distinctive plumage. Male has crown speckled black... read more
Song, given while moving through vegetation (not from exposed perch), a high-pitched, slightly... read more
Confined to Sahel biome; occurs in arid and semi-arid savannas, mainly in acacia (Acacia)... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects. Forages singly, in paris or in small family parties. Moves through scrubby vegetation or on ground; tail continuously... read more
Mainly Jun–Dec, but may breed at other times (e.g. Jan–Apr in Sudan), possibly linked to local rainfall. Probably monogamous;... read more
Little known; presumably mostly resident, but may be a partial migrant along N edge of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; uncommon in some areas. Recently found breeding in Western Sahara, near Awserd, c.120 km N of Mauritanian border.
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