French: Traquet commandeur German: Hadesschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero negro
west coast of Africa = Malimbe, Angola
Discontinuously SE Nigeria E to S South Sudan, W Kenya and E Tanzania, S to S Angola and S Zambia. Also recorded in Senegal, Gambia and Liberia, but status unknown#R.
16–18 cm; 37–46 g. Male is glossy black, with white shoulder patch, dark brown primaries; black bill and legs. Female is dark brown throughout. Juvenile male is... read more
Song (by both sexes) a relatively quiet but wild-sounding series of slightly varied short phrases... read more
Short-grass country with termitaria, with or without scattered bushes; common along roads, in... read more
Food and feeding
Apart from seeds and berries, only insects recorded: caterpillars, termites, ants and grasshoppers. Forages on ground, and probably also... read more
Most breeding usually in rains. Almost all year in E Africa, depending on region (no Jul records), May–Jun and Oct in Uganda; Mar and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common locally, especially at higher altitudes, but apparently absent from certain areas which appear suitable (e.g. NW Zambia). Extremely few and... read more
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