French: Monticole rougequeue German: Schluchtenrötel Spanish: Roquero chico
Simen Province, northern Ethiopia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. rufocinereus
(Rüppell, 1837) – Eritrea, Ethiopia, N Somalia, S South Sudan, E Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania.
M. r. sclateri
E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – SW Arabian Peninsula.
15–16 cm; 20–27 g. Male nominate race is brownish blue-grey above, darker grey on wings, slaty blue-grey on face to mid-breast, with clean break to dull orange... read more
Song, from top of small tree, a series of simple, sweet, scratchy, fluty phrases of varying pitch... read more
In N of range, upland scrub such as juniper and euphorbia stands, open low copses and thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, such as grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillars; also fruits of Rosa abyssinica and Olea chrysophylla. Apparently... read more
Apr–May in Somalia; probably Feb–Mar, May and Sept–Oct in Ethiopia and Eritrea; Mar, Jun and Dec in Kenya; Feb–Aug... read more
Sedentary; perhaps also a partial migrant, since reported only in Nov–Mar in extreme S Sudan... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common in Ethiopia, and very common in Eritrea; locally common in Somalia; no recent records in S Sudan. Uncommon and local in E Africa,... read more
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