French: Traquet à front blanc German: Weißstirn-Steinschmätzer Spanish: Collalba frentiblanca
Subspecies and Distribution
O. a. frontalis
(Swainson, 1837) – Western White-fronted Black-chat – S Senegal and Gambia E to N Cameroon.
O. a. limbata
(Reichenow, 1921) – E Cameroon E to S Chad and Central African Republic.
O. a. clericalis
(Hartlaub, 1882) – South Sudan (N to Juba and Moru), N DRCongo and N Uganda.
O. a. albifrons
(Rüppell, 1837) – Ethiopian White-fronted Black-chat – Eritrea and N Ethiopia.
O. a. pachyrhyncha
(Neumann, 1906) – S Ethiopia (lower Rift Valley S to Yabello).
15–16 cm; 18–25 g. Male nominate race is slightly glossy black throughout, but forehead white, flight feathers silvery-grey below; bill and legs black. Female is... read more
Song, from top of bush or tree, clear and far-reaching, a short rambling series of phrases with... read more
Open savanna woodland, clearings and bushy terrain, especially with rocky areas, erosion gulleys... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages less on ground than do congeners, preferring to hunt by scanning from low perch on bush or stump and dropping to ground to... read more
Mainly in dry season, Nov–Feb in Mali, Apr and probably Jul in Togo, Jan in Ghana, Dec–Apr in Nigeria, Jan–Feb in NE... read more
Resident, but speculated as being an intra-African migrant in Mauritania.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Up to 5 territories found in area of 75–100 ha in N Ethiopia. Uncommon in S Sudan. Present in Murchison Falls... read more
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