French: Veuve de Fischer German: Strohwitwe Spanish: Viuda de Fischer
Useguha, east Tanzania
SE South Sudan (E side of Dongotona Mts, E side of Didinga Mts, Kapoeta and Kenyan border), Ethiopia, Somalia, NE Uganda (rare), Kenya, and Tanzania (dry C plateau from Serengeti and Masai steppe S to Tabora, Morogoro and Iringa region).
10–11 cm, breeding male 30–32 cm; 9–17·8 g. Male breeding is distinctive, has forehead and crown yellow, rest of head and entire upperparts black, becoming... read more
Mimics songs and calls of host, Purple Grenadier (Granatina ianthinogaster): (1) loud song... read more
Short-grass plains with patches of open ground in arid and semi-arid dry thorn-scrub and bush... read more
Food and feeding
Small grass seeds, also larval and adult insects, taken from ground. Breeding male forages within his territory; female often feeds with... read more
Males in breeding plumage in Dec and May in Sudan and May–Dec in Somalia; breeding plumage in Apr–Jun and Dec and juveniles in... read more
Resident; no seasonal movements known, but numbers fluctuate wildly at L Baringo, in Kenya.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Population density at L Baringo, in W Kenya, c. 3 singing males/km2.
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