French: Rousserolle à bec fin German: Kaprohrsänger Spanish: Carricero picofino
Liesbeek River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. g. neglectus
(Alexander, 1908) – N Nigeria and W Chad.
A. g. jacksoni
(Neumann, 1901) – S Sudan S to E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya.
A. g. tsanae
(Bannerman, 1937) – NW Ethiopia (L Tana).
A. g. parvus
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) – highlands of SW Ethiopia S to Kenya, N Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
A. g. leptorhynchus
(Reichenow, 1879) – E Ethiopia, S Somalia and SE Kenya S to SE DRCongo, E & C Tanzania, SE Zambia, Malawi and N Zimbabwe.
A. g. cunenensis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – SW Angola and N Namibia E to N Botswana, SW Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
A. g. winterbottomi
(C. M. N. White, 1947) – E Angola E to N & NW Zambia and SW Tanzania.
A. g. gracilirostris
(Hartlaub, 1864) – SE Zimbabwe and S Mozambique S to S Namibia and South Africa.
17–18 cm; male average 16·1 g, female average 14·2 g. A fairly large, rather robust warbler with long bill, rounded wing, and strong legs and feet.... read more
Song, usually from cover 1–2 m above water level, distinctive, consists of rich melodious... read more
Reedbeds, reedmace (Typha), sedges and papyrus (Cyperus) in standing water of... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, also small frogs. Forages low down in reeds, often just above water; picks food items from low stems, water surface or floating... read more
Laying Mar–Dec in Kenya and Tanzania, Jan–Aug in Malawi, Feb in Zambia, Aug–May in Zimbabwe, Aug, Nov and Feb in Botswana... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; uncommon in S Sudan; scarce in lowlands of NW Lesotho; rare in W Chad. Common in Ethiopia, S Somalia, W & S Uganda, Rwanda,... read more
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