French: Érémomèle du Karoo German: Langschwanzeremomela Spanish: Eremomela del Karoo
Other common names:
Husab, Swakop River, Damaraland, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
E. g. damarensis
Wahlberg, 1855 – Oosop area on R Swakop, in W Namibia.
E. g. gregalis
(A. Smith, 1829) – SW Namibia and SW South Africa (S to Western Cape and E to W Eastern Cape).
12 cm. Nominate race has top of head and upperparts greyish-green, greyer on forehead, greener on rump; lores dark, side of head grey; upperwing brown, edges of remiges and... read more
Song, which may begin well before dawn, a high-pitched, continuous far-carrying “seep-seep-... read more
Karoo scrub, shrubby desert and semi-desert, bushes on rocky hillsides in arid areas; often in... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects. Forages in pairs or small groups, low down among branches and twigs of shrubs and bushes or on ground.
Season May–Dec, mainly Oct–Nov. Nest a thick-walled cup of thin twigs, grass and plant down, lined with soft downy seeds,... read more
Largely sedentary; may move locally in response to rainfall.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Confined to S Africa, with restricted range centred on arid scrub in the Karoo and extending to coastal Namibia. Heavy... read more
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