French: Sentinelle à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehlpieper Spanish: Bisbita gorjigualdo
Java; error = Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. croceus
(Vieillot, 1816) – Senegambia E to Cameroon, W & S fringes of Chad, N & S Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, NW & WC Angola, W, N & NE DRCongo, South Sudan, and Uganda and mesic areas of W & C Kenya S to Burundi and NW & N Tanzania (S to the Serengeti).
M. c. tertius
Clancey, 1958 – coastal lowlands of Kenya to C & S Tanzania, E Zambia (E of Luangwa Valley), Malawi, NE & C Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
M. c. vulturnus
Friedmann, 1930 – SE South Africa (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal).
20–22 cm; male 43·8–57 g, female 43–51·6 g. Large, distinctive longclaw. Adult male nominate race has deep lemon-yellow supercilium, white... read more
Typical song, from perch or in flight, a rapid “tir-tri-tri-tri”, the “tri... read more
Dry grassland and cultivated open areas, scrubby grassland away from water, open clearings in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and other invertebrates, notably grasshopper adults and nymphs (Orthoptera), adult and larval beetles (Coleoptera) and moths (... read more
Mainly during or just after rains, mainly May–Aug in W Africa, also Dec in Senegambia, Apr–Oct in Nigeria; Oct in Sudan; in all... read more
Probably resident in many areas. Local seasonal movements noted in Sudan, Malawi and parts of South... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and not uncommon in suitable habitat through much of range, locally less common; scarce in Senegambia and rare in Mali. Common in several... read more
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