French: Pririt à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzschnäpper Spanish: Batis colicorto
Other common names:
Mount Kilimanjaro, 6000–7000 feet [c. 1830–2130 m], Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. mixta
(Shelley, 1889) – NE Tanzania from Mt Kilimanjaro and Arusha National Park, and L Manyara, S to Nguru Mts (including Amani, Mt Kanga, Usambara Mts, Vumari); possibly also Taveta, in SE Kenya.
B. m. ultima
Lawson, 1962 – coast of SE Kenya (Ganda, Rabai, Shimba Hills, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Shimoni).
9·5–10 cm; 10·5–14·2 g. Very small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours, short tail. Male... read more
Vocal repertoire incompletely understood; single low whistle and hollow piping with ringing... read more
Forest, also thickets and woodland; in Tanzania, found in juniper (Juniperus) forest in W... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects; termites (Isoptera) recorded. Forages at all levels in trees.
Season imperfectly known; oviduct egg in May in Kenya (Sokoke Forest), apparently Apr elsewhere. Territorial. Fledging period c. 15 days.... read more
Resident, with some evidence of seasonal altitudinal migration; outside breeding season found also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Within its range in highlands of Tanzania, nominate race inhabits virtually every patch of evergreen forest, often in high abundance; is generally... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!