French: Achétopse à flancs roux German: Klippensänger Spanish: Saltarrocas de Damara
P. L. Sclater, 1853,
Omaruru River, Damaraland, Namibia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. pycnopygius
(P. L. Sclater, 1853) – coastal SW Angola and N & C Namibia.
A. p. spadix
Clancey, 1972 – Huíla and Namibe escarpment (SW Angola).
16–17 cm; 24–34 g. Striking terrestrial babbler-like passerine, peppered black and white, with tawny rump and flanks and long dark tail. Male nominate race has... read more
Song, by both sexes at dawn and dusk, mainly in breeding season, a rich mix of clear bubbling and... read more
Sloping rocky areas, scree and outcrops with scattered thorn trees, especially along watercourses,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, in one case apparently a small scorpion (Scorpiones); young provisioned with beetles (Coleoptera), green caterpillars (... read more
Breeding-condition males in Dec in Angola; season Nov–Apr in Namibia. Solitary and territorial. Nest a large thick untidy structure... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally not uncommon in Namibia and drier coastal areas in SW Angola. Population in Namibia estimated at 96,000 individuals, of which 7500 in three... read more
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