French: Capucin à tête grise German: Graukopfelsterchen Spanish: Capuchino cabecigrís
Massa, Tana River, Kenya
SE South Sudan, extreme NE Uganda, S Ethiopia, Kenya, extreme S Somalia and Tanzania.
11 cm; c. 15 g. Head is blue-grey, with white pearly spots from forehead to side of face and upper throat; mantle and back brown, rump and uppertail-coverts white, upperwings... read more
Call a high and thin "tsi", and a silvery trill. Begging call of young a double-note... read more
Semi-arid acacia (Acacia) thorn-scrub, open woodland and grassland.
Food and feeding
Small seeds of grasses and herbs; some small insects taken, especially during brood-rearing period. Feeds on the ground. Forages in pairs... read more
Few data on season; one record in Jan. Male displays with a straw or grass stem in bill, then drops stem, turns bill and tail towards... read more
Resident; wanders in non-breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon; common in Tanzania. Patchily distributed.
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