French: Sentinelle à gorge rose German: Rubinkehlpieper Spanish: Bisbita gorjirrosado
Other common names:
Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. wintoni
Sharpe, 1891 – C & SW Kenya (C highlands, L Victoria basin, and Masai Mara) and N Tanzania (S to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, E to L Manyara and Ardai and Sanya Plains).
M. a. altanus
Clancey, 1966 – E & S Angola (E plateau), SE DRCongo and extreme SW Tanzania S to NE Namibia, N Botswana (Okavango Delta, Linyanti Swamp and Chobe floodplain), extreme NW Mozambique and extreme N & C Malawi (R Songwe mouth, and Lilongwe area); also on highveld of NE & C Zimbabwe.
M. a. ameliae
Tarragon, 1845 – coastal S Mozambique and NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal coast S to L St Lucia).
19–20 cm; male 30·3–39·8g, female 30·8–34 g. Distinctive, slender, long-tailed longclaw with pink throat. Male has whitish to buff... read more
Song, in flight or from top of bush, a uniform “wee-tjihwee-tjih”, or a series of squeaky whistled... read more
Short tussocky, moist or wet grassland, either permanently or seasonally flooded, near swamps,... read more
Food and feeding
Larval and adult insects up to size of grasshopper (Orthoptera); also, small frogs occasionally taken. Forages on the ground, picking items... read more
Laying mainly during or after rains: Apr–Jun and Dec in Kenya, and Dec–Jan, Mar and May in Tanzania; Sept, Nov–Dec, Feb... read more
Mainly sedentary, locally nomadic; seasonal movements in response to rainfall and the burning or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon; not uncommon in Angola; uncommon in Kenya. Distribution disjunct. Has apparently disappeared from parts of S Mozambique,... read more
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