French: Modulatrice à lunettes German: Fleckenkehlsopranist Spanish: Tordina de anteojos
Mbaramo, Usambara, Tanzania
Mountains of E & S Tanzania (S from Usambaras and Nguru Mts, in NE) and extreme N Malawi.
15–17 cm. Dark brown babbler-like passerine with dull rufous breast and dark-mottled buffy throat; restless but shy. Crown and upperparts are dark rufescent olive-brown... read more
Song a loud, shrill, slurred whistling with some long higher notes, varying greatly regionally and... read more
Montane forest, including dense high-elevation thickets, locally also degraded forest (although in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and berries reported. Probes in leaf litter and flicks leaves with bill; runs along forest floor or hops, with tail held slightly... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Oct–Mar (peak Nov–Dec) in Tanzania; peak in singing Feb–Mar in Malawi. Nest in one case a... read more
Resident; Dec record at 600 m in dry bushland suggests some altitudinal movement.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Uncommon to abundant, and especially numerous at higher elevations. Common in... read more
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