French: Pririt du Sénégal German: Senegalschnäpper Spanish: Batis senegalés
S Mauritania and Senegal S to Sierra Leone, E to Niger, Nigeria and N Cameroon (E to Benue Plain and Mandara region).
10 cm; 8–11·4 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male is dark slaty grey above with... read more
Very variable, sometimes brief and feeble song, but also scolding series, and repeated whistles.... read more
Dry thorn-scrub, woody savannas, also farms, grasssland with sparse trees and bushes, e.g. acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Diet arthropods. Mainly insects, e.g. large caterpillar (Lepidoptera) recorded and many other insect orders, including beetles (Coleoptera... read more
Mainly Feb–Jul, but from Jan in Ivory Coast and to Aug in Ghana. Territorial. Nest a neat tiny cup made from grasses with lichen and... read more
Resident. Possibly only non-breeding vagrant in extreme S part of its range in Cameroon.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. In Senegal, a pair every 400–500 m of line transect; thought to be decreasing in Gambia owing to loss of habitat. Most... read more
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