French: Cratérope de Hartlaub German: Hartlaubschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide de Hartlaub
Other common names:
Southern White-rumped Babbler
Bibala, Namibe, Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
T. h. hartlaubii
(Bocage, 1868) – Rwanda and E & SE DRCongo S to NE & W Zambia and SW Tanzania, and to C & S Angola and NW & NE Namibia.
T. h. griseosquamata
Clancey, 1974 – WC Zambia S to N Botswana and extreme W Zimbabwe.
23–24 cm; 70–92 g. Medium-sized brownish-grey Turdoides babbler with pale scaling on head to mantle and throat, white rump, and short stout bill.... read more
Very noisy. Chorus song a raucous high-pitched babbling “kwekwekwekwekwekwe…... read more
Patches of dense scrub between woodland and drainage lines, fringes of Acacia polyacantha... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates. Frequents middle and lower strata of vegetation, foraging mainly on ground in open. Found in pairs and in parties of... read more
Jul–Oct in Angola; bird in breeding condition in Feb in DRCongo; Mar in Tanzania, Apr–May and Oct–Feb in Zambia, and Apr... read more
Resident; in Botswana may extend S during rains.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in extreme SW Rwanda; abundant on Ruzizi Plain and along shores of L Tanganyika, in Burundi. Locally common in SW Tanzania; widespread in... read more
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