French: Monticole à doigts courts German: Kurzzehenrötel Spanish: Roquero de Namibia
‘Tans Mountain, Damaraland, near Walvis Bay, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. b. brevipes
(Waterhouse, 1838) – W Angola, Namibia and NW South Africa (Northern Cape).
M. b. pretoriae
Gunning & Roberts, 1911 – SE Botswana and C South Africa (E from E Northern Cape). Uncertain status of a putative isolated population in Lebombo Mts (Swaziland)#R.
18 cm; 33 g. Male nominate race has forehead to mid-crown whitish, shading to mid-grey on nape and mantle, grey extending around to throat and enclosing dark grey facial area... read more
Song like that of M. explorator but without the trills, typically lasting c. 4 seconds... read more
Dry mountainous or broken country with trees or tall scrub, including grassy slopes with rock... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, scorpions, seeds, fruits (including fallen olives); small gecko once seen fed to nestlings. Stomachs of four birds from throughout... read more
Oct–Mar in Namibia, Aug–Dec in Botswana and Sept–Jan in C South Africa (North West Province). Nest a bulky cup of dry... read more
Considerable post-breeding displacements occur, with birds dispersing to occupy winter territories... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. No recent evidence for existence of suggested isolated population in Lebombo Mts, in E Swaziland.
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