French: Courvite à double collier German: Doppelband-Rennvogel Spanish: Corredor escamoso chico
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. raffertyi
(Mearns, 1915) – E Ethiopia.
S. a. hartingi
(Sharpe, 1893) – SE Ethiopia (Ogaden) and Somalia.
S. a. gracilis
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) – S Kenya to C Tanzania.
S. a. bisignatus
(Hartlaub, 1865) – SW Angola.
S. a. erlangeri
(Niethammer & Wolters, 1966) – NW Namibia (Etosha region).
S. a. traylori
(Irwin, 1963) – NE Botswana (Makgadikgadi system) and W Zimbabwe.
S. a. africanus
(Temminck, 1807) – E, C & S Namibia, W & S Botswana, and NW South Africa (N Northern Cape).
S. a. granti
(W. L. Sclater, 1921) – S, C & E South Africa.
20–24 cm; 69–104 g. Overall buff-brown; crown and back have boldly scaled appearance because of dark brown centres and broad pale fringes to all feathers; neck... read more
During courtship male gives a “trikritkrititkrik” and female a high, clear “peee-... read more
Stony and gravelly semi-desert with scattered low shrubs, overgrazed grassland and karoo, edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, especially harvester termites (Hodotermes mossambicus). Feeds by pursuing prey during fast run, stopping and pecking at... read more
Lays Feb–Jul in Somalia (mainly May–Jun) and Apr and Jun in Ethiopia; in E Africa, season varies with rainfall; all months in S... read more
Chiefly resident, but locally nomadic throughout range, perhaps in response to rainfall; movements... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No overall estimate of population. Usually fairly common, but easily overlooked because of partly nocturnal habits; most populations... read more
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