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Photo © by mikemik
Ngorongoro, Tanzania, May 2018
Myrmecocichla aethiops


Photo © by volker sthamer
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, 7 September 2019

17–19 cm (6¾-7½ in)

  • Blackish-brown overall plumage
  • White bases to flight feathers (visible in flight)
  • Black bill and legs


Photo © by d.flack
Between Banjul and Tendaba, The Gambia, November 2016

Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya,



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. a. aethiops:
  • M. a. sudanensis:
  • West Sudan (Darfur and Kordofan)
  • M. a. cryptoleuca:


Grassland, scrub, woods and forests. Nearly always in areas where there are termite mounds.



Their diet is mainly insects, such as termites, beetles, moths, ants, grasshoppers, spiders and caterpillars.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)
  4. BF Member observations

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