French: Akalat à dos roux German: Grauzügel-Laubdrossling Spanish: Tordina moteada
Other common names: Thrush-babbler, Spotted Thrush-babbler
Tomaya (4°38’ N, 29°50’ E), South Sudan.
Subspecies and Distribution
I. t. harterti
(Grote, 1921) – NC & E Cameroon.
I. t. turdina
(Hartlaub, 1883) – extreme S South Sudan, NE DRCongo; one record (probably this race) from E Central African Republic.
I. t. upembae
(Verheyen, 1951) – SE DRCongo, NE Angola (R Luachimo near Dundo#R and Carumbo area#R) and NW Zambia.
16·5 cm; 59–73 g. Resembles large illadopsis but song and underparts very different; rather long, straight and slightly hooked bill, powerful legs. Nominate race... read more
Song, mainly at dawn and dusk, loud and melodious, like that of an oriole (Oriolus),... read more
Dense bush and grass thickets along edge of forest streams, undergrowth in gallery forest, moist... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), caterpillars, cicadas (Cicadidae), small ants (Formicidae),... read more
By inference, Jun–Nov in NE and Oct–Dec in S in DR Congo; birds in breeding condition in Feb in Angola; young juvenile in Oct... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in Cameroon, Central African Republic and Sudan; present in Upemba National Park, in DRCongo; uncommon in Angola.... read more
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