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Photo by megan perkins
Lake Baringo, Kenya, December 2006

Alternative name: Brown-tailed Chat

Oenanthe scotocerca

Cercomela scotocerca


  • Pale brown body
  • Darker brown wings
  • Dark eye
  • Grey legs and feet


Western Africa: Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.


It's placed in genus Cercomela by Clements.


There are 5 subspecies:

  • O. s. furensis:
  • O. s. scotocerca:
  • O. s. turkana:
  • O. s. spectatrix:
  • O. s. validior:


Dry shrubland, rocky bushland and savanna.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. BirdLife International

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