French: Traquet du Karoo German: Bleichschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro del Karoo
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. benguellensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1928) – SW Angola and NW Namibia.
E. s. schlegelii
(Wahlberg, 1855) – coastal Namibia.
E. s. namaquensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1928) – S Namibia and NW South Africa (Northern Cape).
E. s. pollux
(Hartlaub, 1866) – W & C South Africa (Western Cape E to W Free State).
15–18 cm; 33 g. Nominate race is pale grey from head to upper rump and scapulars, shading to whitish on lower rump and uppertail-coverts; very indistinct paler... read more
Vocalizations include rattling “tirr-tit-tat”, “tirr-tit-tat-tut” or “zip-zip-zik-zik-chirp”,... read more
Scrubby and bushy plateaux, stony hillsides, and plains of the Karoo and Namib, especially the... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and seeds. Forages on ground, among stones, bushes or grass tufts, sallying down from low perch on bush, rock or fence wire to... read more
Aug–Mar (peak Sept–Nov, in Western Cape Oct–Dec) in South Africa, season perhaps varying with rainfall. Nest a wide cup... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in gravel plains of Iona National Park, in Angola; sparse to frequent in Namibia. Common in South Africa, and considered the commonest bird... read more
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