French: Traquet afroalpin German: Almenschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro abisinio
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. sordida
(Rüppell, 1837) – extreme S Eritrea and Ethiopia.
P. s. ernesti
Sharpe, 1900 – extreme E Uganda and W & C Kenya.
P. s. olimotiensis
H. F. I. Elliott, 1945 – Crater Highlands (N Tanzania).
P. s. hypospodia
Shelley, 1885 – Mt Kilimanjaro (N Tanzania).
14–15 cm; 18–23 g. Rather dumpy-looking chat. Nominate race is uniform dark grey-brown above, with indistinct pale greyish supercilium, dark brown lores, ear-... read more
Song described as loud metallic piping, or formless, unattractive series of various sparrow-like... read more
High rocky alpine moorland and grassland from upper edge of forest (where occasionally race ... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including small beetles, their larvae, caterpillars and small snails. Typical chat foraging behaviour, perching low (e.g. on... read more
Feb–Mar, May and Jul in Ethiopia; Jan, Feb, Jun–Sept and Dec in E Africa. Nest a large untidy cup made of grass, lined with... read more
Sedentary, so far as known; some seasonal vertical movements may be expected.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant in highlands on both sides of Rift Valley in Ethiopia, but rare below 2100 m. In E Africa common within limited range;... read more
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