French: Traquet aile-en-faux German: Sichelschwingenschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro sudafricano
Other common names: Sicklewing Chat
Saldanha Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. ensifera
(Clancey, 1958) – S Namibia and W & C South Africa (E to SW Northern Province).
E. s. hypernephela
(Clancey, 1956) – Lesotho.
E. s. sinuata
(Sundevall, 1858) – Western Cape and N & W Eastern Cape (South Africa).
15 cm; 17–20 g. Nominate race is grey-tinged brown above, with buff-white eyering and indistinct paler supercilium (invisible in field), darker eyestripe; darker wings... read more
Relatively silent, but usual call a quiet, rather high “chak-chak”; has warbled song.
Karoo (especially on escarpments, and E grassy Karoo), drier fynbos, shrubby semi-desert,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and berries. Stomachs of 34 birds from throughout year in Free State (South Africa) held, by number, 50% berries, 24% hymenopterans... read more
Aug–Mar (peak Oct–Nov in W South Africa) and Nov–Jan in Lesotho and adjacent C South Africa. Nest a bulky cup with base... read more
Sedentary. Race hypernephela to some degree makes altitudinal migration to lower levels,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; one of commonest birds of alpine belt above 2900 m in Lesotho. Densities 28 birds/km² in summer and 10 birds/km² in winter in Lesotho... read more
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