French: Cratérope fauve German: Akazienelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide rojizo
Other common names: Fulvous Chatterer
Proposed race billypayni (SE Morocco) included in maroccana. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. maroccana
(Lynes, 1925) – NE Morocco and NW Algeria.
A. f. fulva
(Desfontaines, 1789) – N Algeria, Tunisia and NW Libya.
A. f. buchanani
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1921) – WC Mauritania and N Senegal E to S Algeria and W Chad.
A. f. acaciae
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – N & E Chad, N & C Sudan, N Eritrea and N Ethiopia; also extreme SE Egypt (Gebel Elba area#R).
25 cm; 46–70 g. Medium-sized sandy-brown featureless Turdoides babbler with whitish throat, blackish bill and longish graduated tail. Nominate race is... read more
Varied, but chorus song unreported. Main contact call a series of 6–10 loud, clear,... read more
Desert scrub, bush-studded dry grassland, thorny desert thickets, tree clumps in barren arid land,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, small seeds, grain and berries (notably of Ziziphus and Salvadora), varying seasonally. Animal items... read more
Apr and Aug in Mauritania, and Jan–Jun and recently fledged juveniles in Sept and Nov in Morocco; Nov–Jul (mostly Mar–Apr... read more
Resident; also short-distance nomad in response to rains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent and locally common in Morocco and adjacent Algeria, Tunisia and N Libya. Rare in Senegal, where possibly a recent colonist. Frequent in R... read more
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