French: Traquet brun German: Rußschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero septentrional
Other common names: Anteater Chat
Has been suggested to be possibly conspecific with M. formicivora. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. aethiops
Cabanis, 1851 – S Mauritania, N & C Senegal and Gambia E to CS Chad.
M. a. sudanensis
Lynes, 1920 – SW & SC Sudan (Darfur, Kordofan).
M. a. cryptoleuca
Sharpe, 1891 – WC, C and S Kenya and N Tanzania.
17–19 cm; 47–66 g. Plumage is blackish-brown throughout, with bases of flight-feathers extensively white (showing strongly in flight); bill and legs black. Sexes... read more
Song a rolling, musical, rather monotonous protracted mix of clear whistles and guttural chirps and... read more
Short-grass terrain, usually with bushes and almost always with termitaria, such as savannas in W... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, such as moths, termites, beetles, ants, grasshoppers and caterpillars; also spiders, small vertebrates; occasionally fruits... read more
Generally Jul–Sept in W Africa, but fledglings also in May in Nigeria; Jun–Aug in Sudan; mainly during early to middle rainy... read more
Sedentary in Kenya. In Mauritania may move N in rains; in Gambia visits immediately after rains,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. W & C races widespread but only locally common, e.g. in Sudan common up to 1700 m in Darfur and at 2440 m on Jebel Marra; large... read more
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