French: Crombec isabelle German: Isabellsylvietta Spanish: Crombec isabelino
Le Gud, Ogaden, east Ethiopia
S & SE Ethiopia (S from Awash Valley, E from R Omo), NW & S Somalia, N & E Kenya (E from Lokitaung, Samburu and Meru, S to R Tsavo) and extreme NE Tanzania.
9·5 cm; 10 g. A pale greyish crombec with a long and slightly decurved bill. Has top of head and upperparts light grey, with a narrow white supercilium above a... read more
Song is a repeated “tichit-tichit-tiri-chirichiri chirichiri”.
Thorn-scrub and semi-arid bushland, often along watercourses; prefers acacia (Acacia) or... read more
Food and feeding
Insect larvae and eggs, spiders (Araneae). Usually forages singly or in pairs, in tops of bushes and low canopy.
Laying recorded Mar in Ethiopia, Apr in Somalia, Jun in Kenya. Nest bottle-shaped, decorated with webs and plant down, suspended from twig... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in S Somalia but uncommon in N; uncommon in Kenya.
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