French: Crombec sittelle German: Braunbauchsylvietta Spanish: Crombec norteño
Subspecies and Distribution
S. b. brachyura
Lafresnaye, 1839 – S Mauritania S to N Sierra Leone, thence E through S Mali and N Ivory Coast to S Niger, Nigeria, N Cameroon, N Central African Republic, S & C Chad, S & NE Sudan, South Sudan (except extreme S) and N Eritrea; reaches Guinea coast in E Ghana, Togo and Benin.
S. b. carnapi
Reichenow, 1900 – C Cameroon and Central African Republic (except N), extreme S South Sudan, N DRCongo (upper Uele), Uganda and W Kenya (N shore of Lake Victoria and Trans-Nzoia).
8 cm; 5–9·6 g. A small, extremely short-tailed warbler. Nominate race has top of head and upperparts uniform grey, with a prominent buff supercilium and a rather... read more
Song a short, cheerful “chiorchi-chirrichi-chiorchi-chirrichi…” comprising 4... read more
Wooded savanna, mainly in drier areas; semi-arid scrub to acacia (Acacia) and cultivation... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates, including larvae and eggs of lepidopterans, termites (Isoptera), and spiders (Araneae). Usually forages low down in... read more
Laying recorded in almost all months; nests mainly Jun–Jul (during rains) in Sahel, Feb–Jun and Oct–Nov in Ghana and... read more
Most populations are sedentary, but species is present in N parts of W African range only during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread over most of range. Locally common to uncommon in W Africa, with density of 0·5 individuals/ha recorded... read more
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