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Marsh Tchagra - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Blackcap Bush Shrike

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

Tchagra minutus[1]

Includes Anchieta's Tchagra


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.


Sub-Saharan Africa


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.


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


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


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.


  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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