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Ruaha Chat - BirdForum Opus

Photo by MarcellC
Road to Akagera National Park, Rwanda, June 2009
Myrmecocichla collaris


Male is black with white crown and white on the shoulder; tail and rump being completely black separate it from other similar birds.
Female is mostly black including crown but with a complete, white collar around the neck.


Mainly in western Tanzania, also in eastern Rwanda, Burundi, northern Zambia, extreme eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and possibly northern Malawi.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Arnot's Chat.


Dry forests.


In Rwanda they don't inhabit miombo woodland like across the border in Tanzania but human habitations and nest in roofs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birdforum thread mentioning the possible split of "Ruaha Chat" (in post 356)
  5. Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1

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