French: Mégalure à bec court German: Fächerschwanzsänger Spanish: Yerbera de abanico
upper Umlazi River, Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. b. alexinae
(Heuglin, 1863) – Sierra Leone (Tingi Mts) and adjacent parts of Guinea; extreme SE Nigeria and Cameroon; S Gabon and Congo E to E DRCongo, S to C & SW Angola, N & C Zambia and N & W Malawi; and South Sudan, W highlands of Ethiopia, and Rift Valley mountains in W & C Uganda, W & S Kenya and W & N Tanzania.
S. b. brevirostris
(Sundevall, 1850) – Malawi (except N & W) and NW Mozambique S to E South Africa (S to Eastern Cape), Swaziland and Lesotho; migratory S of R Zambezi#R, but probably resident at low altitudes#R.
16–17 cm; 14–17 g. Distinctive grassbird with disproportionately small head and bill enhanced by flat crown, and relatively massive rear body and strongly... read more
Song, from perch on large head of grass or in distinctive song flight, a weak but surprisingly far-... read more
Damp upland grassland near streams, rivers or lakes, particularly with tall rank grasses; also... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly studied. Feeds on small invertebrates; small beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and hairless caterpillars documented.... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Jul in Sierra Leone, Jul and Aug in W Kenya, Mar–Oct in E DRCongo, Jan and Feb in Zambia, Dec–... read more
Resident over most of range, but skulking nature outside breeding season makes true assessment... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common, but rather local. At N limits of extensive range, distribution is fragmented and a number of populations poorly known; some of these (... read more
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