French: Tarier de la Réunion German: Réunionschmätzer Spanish: Tarabilla de Reunión
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
in insula Bourbon = Reunion Island.
Often treated as a race of S. torquatus. Monotypic.
12·5 cm; 11–14 g. Highly variable, most closely resembling S. dacotiae in all plumages. Male may have all-black head (no white supercilium), and shows... read more
A “loud and distinctive” song, either from perch or during vertical flight a few metres... read more
Range of habitats with open understorey, from scrub to woodland. Commonest in tamarind and... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively small invertebrates, including caterpillars and other larvae. Stomachs of two nestlings contained butterflies and... read more
Mid-Oct to late Jan. Nest made of mosses, leaves, stems and animal hair, placed either on ground, in tuft of vegetation or on vegetated... read more
Occasionally moves to lower altitudes (0–130 m) outside breeding season; also recorded up to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Réunion EBA. Common, and tolerant of degraded or overgrazed country; commonest bird in... read more
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