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Three-streaked Tchagra

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Disambiguation: The Brown-crowned Tchagra has also been called Three-streaked Tchagra

Photo by nkgraySamburu National Reserve, Kenya, October 2012
Photo by nkgray
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, October 2012
Tchagra jamesi


[edit] Identification

Length 16-17 cm; a small tchagra.
Adult: Head grey with black eye stripes and black crown stripe (the latter is very narrow and may be inconspicuous). Body grey with rufous wings.
Juvenile: Similar to the adult, but with a shorter crown stripe.

[edit] Distribution

East Africa: found in southern Ethiopia, central and eastern Kenya, Somalia, extreme southeastern South Sudan, extreme north-east of Uganda, and extreme north coast of Tanzania.

[edit] Taxonomy

Tchagra jamesi has two subspecies:[1]

  • T. j. jamesi
  • T. j. mandanus
  • Coastal eastern Kenya, extreme north-eastern Tanzania and adjacent islands (Manda and Lamu)

[edit] Habitat

Acacia thickets and scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

A "skulker"; uncommon and not often seen.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call is a series of whistles, descending in pitch; similar to that of Black-crowned Tchagra.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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