French: Mélocichle à moustaches German: Bart-Bülbülgrasmücke Spanish: Yerbera bigotuda
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. mentalis
(Fraser, 1843) – S Senegal S to N Liberia, and E to Central African Republic and N DRCongo; S Gabon E to S DRCongo (E to Kasai and Maniema); N & WC Angola and NW Zambia.
M. m. amauroura
(Pelzeln, 1883) – W, S & E South Sudan and SW Ethiopia S to E DRCongo, Uganda, W, C & SE Kenya, W & N Tanzania (S, in NE, to Kilimanjaro and Arusha) and N & C Zambia.
M. m. orientalis
(Sharpe, 1883) – E & S Tanzania, Malawi and adjacent E Zambia, E Zimbabwe highlands, and N & C Mozambique.
M. m. luangwae
Benson, 1958 – E Zambia (Plateau of Eastern Province).
18–20 cm; 29–40 g. A large bulky warbler with strong bill and long, broad graduated tail. Nominate race is olive-brown above, tinged rufous on forehead, rump and... read more
Song, often from exposed grass stem or bush, a succession of loud sharp notes accelerating into... read more
Rank grass and coarse herbage with scattered bushes in areas with medium to high rainfall;... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including mantids, grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and small beetles (Coleoptera). Forages usually singly or in pairs; skulks in low... read more
Breeds during main wet season, in W Africa mainly Apr–Aug; in DRCongo Mar–Dec in N and Nov–Apr in S; Oct–Jan in... read more
Mainly sedentary. In S Mauritania a scarce wet-season visitor.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of N tropical guinean savanna belt; less common, and somewhat local, in rest of range. Locally fairly common in E & SC... read more
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