French: Tchagra de James German: Somalitschagra Spanish: Chagra de James
Goolis Mountains, Somalia.
Has hybridized with T. australis. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. j. jamesi
(Shelley, 1885) – extreme SE South Sudan, NE Uganda, C & S Ethiopia (N to Awash National Park#R), Somalia, N & E Kenya (except coast) and extreme NE Tanzania.
T. j. mandanus
(Neumann, 1903) – islands of Lamu and Manda and adjacent Kenya coast (W to Witu and R Tana Delta).
16–17 cm; male 22–30 g, two females 26–27 g, unsexed 24–32 g. Nominate race has crown and side of head greyish-brown, narrow black median stripe from... read more
Male song in display-flight, preceded by mechanical wing-fripping, a series of emphatic downslurred... read more
Semi-desert, with thickets of dense low thorn-scrub in arid and semi-arid acacia (Acacia)... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including cockroaches (Blattodea), mantis egg cases (Mantidae) and moths (Lepidoptera); possibly preys on chicks in Red-billed... read more
Poorly studied. Season Dec in S Sudan, Mar–Apr in Somalia, and Mar–Jul (mainly Apr–May) in S Ethiopia; May on Kenya coast... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In SE Sudan, fairly common in Natoporoputh Hills; rather uncommon in Ethiopia; in Somalia, locally common and widespread but absent from most of NE... read more
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