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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.



There are 5 subspecies:

  • O. s. furensis:
  • Eastern Chad and adjacent western Sudan (Darfur)
  • O. s. scotocerca:
  • O. s. turkana:
  • extreme southeastern South Sudan, southern Ethiopia, and northwestern and north central Kenya; possibly also northeastern Uganda, but no confirmed records
  • 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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