- Eremopterix leucotis
Length 12-13 cm, mass 20-24 g
Adult male: Back and wings are chestnut, and the head is black with a large white ear patch and white nape patch.
Savannas of sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho
There are five subspecies:
- E. l. melanocephalus
- E. l. leucotis
- E. l. madaraszi
- E. l. smithi
- E. l. hoeschi
Savanna with sparse grass cover, especially areas burnt recently; also cultivated lands.
It is a ground nester. The lay a single egg.
The diet includes insects and seeds.
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