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Marsh Tchagra

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Alternative name: Blackcap Bush Shrike

B. m. anchietae  Photo by MikeB North-central Angola
B. m. anchietae
Photo by MikeB
North-central Angola
Bocagia minuta

Tchagra minutus[1]

Includes Anchieta's Tchagra

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[edit] Identification

Length 15-19 cm. The bill is strong and hooked.

Adult male: Long tail, chestnut back and wings and creamy-buff underparts, and black cap.

Adult female: Similar to the male, but with a white supercilium.

[edit] Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa

[edit] Taxonomy

The Marsh Tchagra is sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Antichromus or included in genus Tchagra with the other Tchagras.

Bocagia minutus has three subspecies:

  • B. m. minuta
  • B. m. reichenowi
  • B. m. anchietae

B. m. reichenowi and B. m. anchietae are sometimes split as Anchieta's Tchagra; named after Portuguese explorer José Alberto de Oliveira Anchieta by his zoologist compatriot José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage in 1869.

[edit] Habitat

Rank grassland, bracken and sedges and shrubs associated with wetlands.

[edit] Behaviour

Diet includes large insects; forages near the ground in dense cover; sometimes hawks insects.

[edit] Breeding

Probably monogamous; territorial. The nest is a bulky, but neat cup of plant material and spider web, usually in a bush within a metre of the ground. One to three eggs are laid.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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