French: Gobemouche pâle German: Fahlschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pálido
Musicapa [sic] pallida
J. W. von Müller
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. pallidus
(J. W. von Müller, 1851) – Pale Flycatcher – semi-arid regions from Senegal and Gambia E to N Ghana and C Mali, and N Nigeria to S Sudan, South Sudan (except E & SE) and W Ethiopia (R Baro); possibly also DRCongo (Uele district).
A. p. modestus
(Shelley, 1873) – Guinea and SE Mali E (S of nominate) to W Central African Republic.
A. p. bowdleri
(Collin & E. J. O. Hartert, 1927) – Eritrea to C Ethiopia (S to Arussi Plateau).
A. p. duyerali
(Traylor, 1970) – NE Ethiopia (Duyer Ali) and C Somalia (el Bur).
A. p. parvus
(Reichenow, 1907) – SW Ethiopia, E South Sudan (borders of R Baro), NE DRCongo (possibly Uele district) and NW Uganda (S to Masindi).
A. p. bafirawari
(Bannerman, 1924) – extreme S Ethiopia and NE Kenya (Djiroko to Wajir and Garissa).
A. p. griseus
(Reichenow, 1882) – extreme SE Kenya and C Tanzania S to N & E Zambia and N & C Malawi.
A. p. murinus
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – Gabon and Congo E to SE South Sudan (Didinga Mts), W & S Kenya, N Tanzania and Uganda (except NW), and S to NE Namibia, N Botswana, W & S Zambia and Zimbabwe (except SE).
A. p. aquaemontis
(Stresemann, 1937) – C Namibia (Waterburg Plateau).
A. p. divisus
(Lawson, 1961) – SE Zambia, S Malawi, SE Zimbabwe, Mozambique (S to Delagoa Bay), NE South Africa (Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces) and Swaziland.
A. p. sibilans
(Clancey, 1966) – S Mozambique (S of Sul do Save) and NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
A. p. erlangeri
(Reichenow, 1905) – S Somalia (Bardera and Serenli to Hanole).
A. p. subalaris
(Sharpe, 1874) – East Coast Flycatcher – coastal and E Kenya (lower R Tana to Samburu) and Tanzania (coast S to Moa, inland to Amani).
15–17 cm; 16·5–28 g. Nominate race has head and upperparts, including side of neck, earth-brown; eyering pale buff; flight-feathers dark brown, primaries... read more
Mostly silent. Song a jumble of harsh churring or raspy notes, including repetitions of such motifs... read more
Woodland, including miombo (Brachystegia), Baikiaea and mopane woodland; wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly insects, especially beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), hymenopterans, lepidopterans (including caterpillars), bugs (... read more
Breeds in Jun in Gambia, Apr–Jul in Ivory Coast, Apr–Aug in Ghana, Feb–Sept in Nigeria, May–Jul in Gabon, Apr... read more
Nomadic or migratory in response to rains in some regions; mostly sedentary in S. Most movements... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common over parts of range; uncommon in Swaziland, and rare at limits of range as in Gambia and Mali. Possibly uncommon over much of S... read more
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