French: Gobemouche des marais German: Sumpfschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas palustre
Wau, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. aquatica
Heuglin, 1864 – extreme S Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, S & E Mali, C & SE Burkina Faso, NE Ivory Coast and N Ghana E to Nigeria (except S and extreme N), N Cameroon, S Chad, N Central African Republic, W South Sudan and N DRCongo (R Ubangui).
M. a. infulata
Hartlaub, 1881 – South Sudan (except W), NE DRCongo (including R Lualaba from Kasongo to Mwanza), Uganda (except Karamoja), Rwanda, W Burundi, W Kenya, NW Tanzania and NE Zambia.
M. a. lualabae
(Chapin, 1932) – SE DRCongo (upper Lualaba lakes, in Katanga).
M. a. grimwoodi
Chapin, 1952 – S Zambia (L Suye, Lukanga Swamp).
13 cm; 10–12·5 g. Nominate race has crown, head side and upperparts uniform greyish-brown or slightly olivaceous-tinged; lores dark, small buffy spot above gape... read more
Song two high-pitched, thin, sweet notes followed by a trill, “tseuw-tsweee-titititi”;... read more
Vegetation on borders of papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) swamps, pools, lakes, rivers and large... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including flies (Diptera), and grasshopper nymphs (Orthoptera). Occurs singly or in pairs. Forages by making short sallies from a... read more
Laying in Mar in Senegal, adults feeding fledglings in Jun in Mali, and laying Mar–Jun and Aug–Oct in E Africa and Oct in... read more
Normally considered resident, but in Niger recorded only in Jan–Oct; may be forced to leave... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Sparse to common and widespread in the savanna and woodland belt. Most numerous at Arli National Park, in SE Ivory Coast, at Pendjari National Park,... read more
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