French: Bergeronnette à longue queue German: Langschwanzstelze Spanish: Lavandera clara
Simien Mountains, north Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. chapini
Amadon, 1954 – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and W Ivory Coast, and from SE Nigeria and Cameroon S to Gabon and E to Central African Republic and N & S Congo; also Bioko.
M. c. clara
Sharpe, 1908 – highlands of Ethiopia; recorded in Eritrea#R.
M. c. torrentium
Ticehurst, 1940 – E & SW Uganda, C & S Kenya, and from E & S DRCongo, Rwanda and N Tanzania S to C & SW Angola (S to Namibe), Zambia, N Zimbabwe and W Mozambique, also in mountains of E South Africa and Swaziland.
17–19 cm; male 15–21·5 g, female 15–24·5 g. Graceful, long-tailed wagtail with much white in tail. Has narrow white supercilium ending just... read more
Song a quiet, sustained series of trilled musical phrases and short notes, “ti-tuu-ui-tui-tui... read more
Fast-flowing, rocky forested streams and rivers in lowlands and mountains, to at least 2000 m;... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects such as flies (Diptera), especially midges (Chironomidae) and empids (Empidae), blackflies (Simuliidae), also nymphal and... read more
Breeds in Jan–Apr and Sept–Nov in Ethiopia, in all months in Tanzania, in Mar and Jul–Nov in Malawi, and in May and Aug... read more
Sedentary on permanent streams in Ethiopia; believed to be nomadic in E & S Africa, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent on suitable watercourses through much of range. Possibly occurs also in S Sudan (Imatongs) and Eritrea. No evidence of any change in status... read more
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