French: Cichladuse tachetée German: Tropfenrötel Spanish: Zorzal palmero moteado
Other common names: Spotted Morning-thrush
Bahr el Abiad (= White Nile), South Sudan–Uganda border.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. g. guttata
(Heuglin, 1862) – South Sudan, SW Ethiopia#R, NE DRCongo, N & C Uganda (S to L Albert) and NW Kenya (W of L Turkana).
C. g. intercalans
Clancey, 1986 – SC Ethiopia S to C Kenya and C Tanzania.
C. g. rufipennis
Sharpe, 1901 – SE Ethiopia, S Somalia, E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
16–17 cm; 17–30 g. Nominate race is warm brown from crown to back and wings, becoming rufous on rump and rufous-brown on tail; whitish supercilium, dusky-brown... read more
Song (sometimes also on moonlit nights, or before dawn) a loud clear series of powerful variable... read more
Less tied to palms than are congeners; occupies thick riparian, lakeside and coastal scrub and... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including small snails; also Cordia fruits. Young fed with bush-cricket nymphs, beetle larvae, Lampyrinae... read more
Most months in E Africa, depending on region; Sept in Sudan and DRCongo; Nov–Dec and Apr–May in Somalia. Nest of mud bound with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range, especially along dry watercourses. Recorded from Meru, Samburu and Tsavo National Parks, Kora Nature Reserve and Shaba Game... read more
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