French: Gobemouche du Marico German: Maricoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas del Marico
Other common names: Marico Flycatcher
A. Smith, 1847,
Marico River, northern South Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
B. m. acaciae
Irwin, 1957 – S Angola, Namibia (except Caprivi Strip), SW Botswana and adjacent N South Africa (N Northern Cape).
B. m. territinctus
(Clancey, 1979) – NE Namibia (R Okavango) and NW Botswana.
B. m. mariquensis
A. Smith, 1847 – SW Zambia (Senanga, Sesheke, Mulanga), NE Namibia (E Caprivi Strip), Botswana (except NW & SW), SW & C Zimbabwe (NE to Harare) and N South Africa (North West Province, W Northern Province); also marginally S Mozambique (Limpopo Valley).
18 cm; 22–36 g. Nominate race has head, neck side and entire upperparts warm mid-brown, pale grey or brown lores, thin buff eyering; upperwing dark brown, primaries... read more
Song is a protracted series of monotonous, unmusical chirps of 1–3 syllables, rather like... read more
Acacia (Acacia) woodland and savanna, with tall thorn bushes and bare ground or sparse... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including termites (Isoptera), lepidopteran caterpillars, large black ants (Formicidae), beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and... read more
Breeds in Nov in Angola, Aug–Apr (mainly Oct–Dec) in Botswana, Jul–Mar (peak Nov) in Zimbabwe, and Aug–Feb (peak... read more
Normally resident throughout range, but may occur in Kruger National Park, in E South Africa, in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and abundant or common to scarce and local, depending on general suitability of habitat. Observed nesting densities of 3–4 ha/pair... read more
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