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Fan-tailed Grassbird

From Opus

Alternative name: Broad-tailed Warbler
Photo by Alan Manson  Cedara Farm, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, October 2007
Photo by Alan Manson
Cedara Farm, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, October 2007
Schoenicola brevirostris


[edit] Identification

Length 15 cm; 15 g
Tail broad and wings short and rounded. Head greyish brown, back rusty brown grading to blackish brown upper tail coverts. Tail very dark brown, tipped buff. Wings dark brown above.

[edit] Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara.
Western Africa: found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Zaire
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland

[edit] Taxonomy

Considered by some to be conspecific with Broad-tailed Grassbird Schoenicola platyura of Asia.

[edit] Subspecies

Schoenicola brevirostris has 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. b. brevirostris:
  • S. b. alexinae:

[edit] Habitat

Tall grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

Generally occurs singly or in pairs. Usually concealed low down in dense grass, but sometimes perches prominently, especially on rainy or misty mornings.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: is distinctive; a slow, metallic zink, zink, zink. Feeds on invertebrates.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Avibase

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