French: Amphilaïs tachetée German: Madagaskarschilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera malgache
Other common names:
near Antananarivo, Madagascar
Mountains of E Madagascar.
17 cm; c. 20 g. Very long, graduated tail remarkable for its fragile, disintegrating appearance, enhanced by prominent rachis and spaced barbs; distinctly short uppertail-... read more
Song, from within cover, a series of clear melodic whistles, “teeo-teeo-teeo” repeated up to c. 12... read more
Montane plateau grasslands and heathland, with marshy vegetation, particularly bordering broadleaf... read more
Food and feeding
Food almost entirely tiny insects. Extremely skulking; keeps well hidden, low down in vegetation, clambering nimbly among grass stalks,... read more
Poorly documented. Breeds Nov. Only two nests described, a deep bowl of entwined grasses, lined with softer grasses, built in grass tuft,... read more
Resident, but some probably disperse to lower elevations outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wetlands EBA. Uncommon; is, however, very easily overlooked owing to its shy and skulking... read more
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