French: Traquet fourmilier German: Termitenschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal hormiguero meridional
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near the Sondag and Swartkop Rivers, South Africa
Namibia E to extreme W Zimbabwe, S to South Africa, W Swaziland and lowlands of extreme W Lesotho.
17–18 cm; 35–51 g. Very like M. aethiops, but very dark greyish-brown to blackish with faint scaling or paler edges, and male with white (often hidden)... read more
Song (by both sexes, female only when excited) a usually sustained series of phrases that are... read more
Open grassy country, especially in rolling hills, and semi-desert scrub, commonest in drier,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly ants and termites. Near Bloemfontein, in South Africa, hymenopterans (almost exclusively ants) were numerically dominant in summer... read more
Sept–Dec in Botswana, and Aug–Mar and Apr (peak Oct–Dec) in South Africa; two or three broods. Young of first brood help... read more
Resident. In South Africa, large turnover of individuals observed at site in Free State, and is... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Relatively common to very common throughout range, but becomes scarcer in E, including Lesotho; only two records in Zimbabwe. May have suffered in... read more
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