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Photo by martinuk
Murchison Falls National Park, Masindi District, Uganda, July 2013
Empidornis semipartitus


18 cm (7 in)

  • Pale bluish-grey head and upperparts
  • Brownish-orange underparts


  • Black-bordered tawny spots on upperparts
  • Mottled buff and black on throat and breast


Eastern Africa. Southwestern and southern Sudan, South Sudan, western Ethiopia, eastern Uganda, western Kenya, and northern Tanzania.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Melaenornis by Clements.


Acacia grassland, semi-arid bushland with large scattered trees.



Their main diet consists mostly of ground insects, such as ants and locusts. They sit on a perch and pounce on them.

They forage singly and in pairs.


They are monogamous and a solitary nester.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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