French: Traquet montagnard German: Bergschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero montano
Namaqualand, south-west Africa.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. nigricauda
(Traylor, 1961) – S Cuanza Sul and Huambo, in W Angola.
M. m. albipileata
(Bocage, 1867) – coastal SW Angola S from Benguela.
M. m. atmorii
(Tristram, 1869) – W Namibia N to R Cunene.
M. m. monticola
(Vieillot, 1818) – S Namibia, South Africa (E to C Northern Province and W KwaZulu-Natal), W Swaziland and Lesotho.
17–20 cm; 31–35 g. Male dimorphic, but with colour variations within both morphs. Male nominate race black morph is black, including bill and legs, except for... read more
Song, usually in twilight (sometimes 2–3 hours before sunrise, and all night in moonlight),... read more
Dry hilly landscapes with rocky ground and usually scrub and grass, including open boulder-strewn... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly arthropods, including grasshoppers, ants and spiders, with cutworms and other larvae, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, small beetles... read more
Recorded in most months of year, with distinct peaks in Sept–Nov in winter-rainfall regions of Cape, Nov in Northern Province, Jan... read more
Resident, but probably local nomadic movements in drier areas.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered common in much of range. In South Africa, may have benefited from spread of erosion gulleys caused by overgrazing in Eastern Cape.
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