French: Érémomèle à ventre jaune German: Somalieremomela Spanish: Eremomela culigualda
Wabe Shebele, south Ethiopia
Somalia (except NW, NE & S), S & SE Ethiopia, NE Uganda (Moroto) and N & E Kenya (Turkana to Marsabit and Mandera, and S to Samburu, middle R Tana and Tsavo East National Park).
8·5–9 cm; 4·5 g. A small, short-tailed Eremomela. Plumage is brown-tinged grey above, side of head paler grey (no distinct supercilium), uppertail-coverts... read more
Song a high “sureet-seet-seet-seet” or “seet-seet-seet-seet”; call a weak “sssp”.
Semi-desert scrub, low bush, open Commiphora woodland and other bushed savanna with trees... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects. Forages in bushes and tree canopy, usually alone, sometimes two or three together. Searches busily among leaves and twigs;... read more
May in Ethiopia and Jan in SE Kenya; nest-building in Apr, May and Dec in Somalia. Nest, built by both sexes, a small cup of grasses and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted to arid parts of E Africa, where common in Somalia, rather uncommon elsewhere. Range in C Kenya apparently contracting.
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