French: Traquet tractrac German: Oranjeschmätzer Spanish: Colinegro tractrac
Auteniquois country = probably Orange River, South Africa.
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. t. hoeschi
(Niethammer, 1955) – SW Angola and NW Namibia.
E. t. albicans
(Wahlberg, 1855) – W Namibia (W Damaraland, N Great Namaqualand).
E. t. barlowi
(Roberts, 1937) – C & S Great Namaqualand, in S Namibia.
E. t. nebulosa
(Clancey, 1962) – SW Namibia.
E. t. tractrac
(Wilkes, 1817) – W South Africa (Northern Cape and SW Free State S to Karoo).
14–15 cm; 25 g. Nominate race is brownish to grey-brown above, slightly browner on ear-coverts, with white rump and uppertail-coverts; wings edged brighter; tail white... read more
Song a discordant, slurred series of jarring chucks, churrs and gurgles. Alarm call a harsh “check... read more
Open shrubby plains of the Karoo semi-desert and Namib desert, especially gravel plains with scant... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including road-killed tenebrionid beetles. Forages from low perch on bush or rock, sallying to ground to take prey; runs fast.
Breeding condition Dec in Angola; breeds Aug–Apr, mainly Sept–Oct, in South Africa, but timing varies with rainfall. Nest a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in most of range. In Skeleton Coast Park, in Namibia, in appropriate habitat, as many as ten individuals can be in view at once... read more
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