French: Pipit doré German: Goldpieper Spanish: Bisbita dorado
Macronix [sic] tenellus
Taita, south-east Kenya
SE South Sudan and NE Uganda, and from NW Somalia and E & SE Ethiopia S to E Kenya and NE & C Tanzania.
14–16 cm; male 18–21·5g, female 18–22 g. Distinctive motacillid with much yellow in wing and on side of tail; no feathering on lower tibia. Male... read more
Song, in flight or from perch, a series of sibilant or flute-like whistles, “dji-dji-dji-dji-... read more
Arid light acacia (Acacia) bush, and scrubby grassland; sometimes in very open grassland... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects, probably also other invertebrates. Forages in grassland; also takes items from herbage and bare ground. Frequently perches... read more
Lays in May in Ethiopia and Somalia; in Kenya, Jul on coast and Nov–Dec and Apr in SE; Nov in C Tanzania; mainly during rains, Dec... read more
Rather poorly understood; probably migrates regularly between N and S of range, as indicated by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in both NW & S Somalia, and locally common in Kenya and Tanzania; uncommon in S Sudan. In Tsavo National Park, in Kenya, reasonably high... read more
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