French: Cratérope rubigineux German: Heuglinelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide herrumbroso
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. rubiginosa
(Rüppell, 1845) – SE South Sudan, Ethiopia, NE Somalia, NE Uganda and Kenya (except SE).
A. r. sharpii
Ogilvie-Grant & Reid, 1901 – SE Ethiopia and adjacent NE Kenya.
A. r. heuglini
Sharpe, 1883 – S Somalia, SE Kenya and NE & E Tanzania.
A. r. emini
Reichenow, 1907 – N & NC Tanzania.
19–23 cm; 33–61 g. Smallish Turdoides babbler, olive-brown above and yellowish-rufous below. Male nominate race has crown, upperparts, upperwing and tail... read more
Chorus song involves group participation in presumed male song, more usually given alone: a... read more
Mixed thorn and soft-leaved open forest, thickets in grassy Commiphora and Acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including termites (Isoptera); also mango and papaya rinds. Forages on ground in leaf litter under bushes, bounding... read more
Aug, and feeding young in Jun, in Ethiopia and nest-building in Mar in Somalia; all year in E Africa, although Apr–Oct in Uganda;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent to common in Rift Valley and NE Ethiopian lowlands near Djibouti, and frequent in S. Common in SE Sudan and N Uganda. In Somalia, locally... read more
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