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Southern Anteater Chat
Alternative name: Ant-eating Chat
Length 17â€“18 cm (6Â¾-7 in), mass 45-50 g. A dark grassland chat with a distinctive upright stance. It has relatively long legs which accentuate a short tail.
Adult female: Similar to the male but without the white carpal patches.
Grasslands, shrublands, and open savanna.
Solitary, in pairs, or in small groups. Roosts in the nest burrow.
Flies with a rapid wingbeat; sometimes hovers.
Forages on the ground for invertebrates (mainly ants and termites); some fruit is also eaten.
Nests at the end of a burrow (35-150 cm long) which is excavated by both male and female. Two to seven eggs are laid in summer (August to March). Nestlings are fed by both parents. Parasitised by the Greater Honeyguide.
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