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Saxicola torquatus Scientific name
Passeriformes. Order
Muscicapidae Family
14.7 cm Length
Tropical and temperate lowland & montane moist forest. dry forest, dry & moist shrubland, grassland, rocky areas, heathland. Up to 3200 m.  Range:- Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon,, Republic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'IvoireDjibouti, EgyptEquatorial Guinea,, Gabon, Gambia, Gulf of Guinea, GuineaLesotho,Mali, Mozambique, NamibiaNigerNigeriaRwandaSenegalSierra LeoneSomalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, TogaTunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

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4 - 6 eggs, incubation by female 13 - 14 days, fledging 13  - 15 days. Clutch
Insects, larvae, spiders, worms. Food  
NR - NR - Sub-species World Number
Least Concern Status

AKA:- Czech: Brambornícek cernohlavý
Danish: Sortstrubet Bynkefugl
German: Afrikanisches Schwarzkehlchen
English: African Stonechat, African Stonechat (African), Stonechat (African)
Spanish: Tarabilla Común
Estonian: kaelustäks
Finnish: mustapäätasku
French: Tarier d'Afrique
Hungarian: Cigánycsuk
Italian: Saltimpalo africano
Japanese: ニシノビタキ, ノビタキ
Latin: Saxicola axillaris, Saxicola torquatus, Saxicola torquatus [torquatus Group]
Lithuanian: Juodagalvė kiauliukė
Dutch: Afrikaanse Roodborsttapuit
Norwegian: Afrikasvartstrupe
Polish: kląskawka afrykańska
Portuguese: Cartaxo
Russian: Черноголовый чекан
Slovak: prhlaviar bielokrký, pŕhľaviar bielokrký
Swedish: Svarthakad buskskvätta
Chinese: 非洲石即鸟

Saxicola torquatus
Saxicola torquatus adamauae
Saxicola torquatus altivaga
Saxicola torquatus altivagus
Saxicola torquatus ankaratrae
Saxicola torquatus armenicus
Saxicola torquatus axillaris
Saxicola torquatus clanceyi

  • Saxicola torquatus torquatus: SW Cape Province to Natal and Transvaal
  • Saxicola torquatus moptanus: Inner Niger delta, Mali, N Senegal and Senegal delta
  • Saxicola torquatus nebularum: Highlands of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and W Ivory Coast
  • Saxicola torquatus salax: SE Nigeria to Cameroon, Gabon, lower Congo and Angola
  • Saxicola torquatus salax (adamauae): Highlands of N and W Cameroon
  • Saxicola torquatus salax (pallidigula): Cameroon Mt. and Bioko
  • Saxicola torquatus jebelmarrae: W Sudan (Darfur region)
  • Saxicola torquatus axillaris: Highlands of E Zaire to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and N Tanzania
  • Saxicola torquatus stonei: Angola to W Tanzania, S Mozambique and N Cape Province
  • Saxicola torquatus clanceyi: Coastal w Namibia to NW Cape Province
  • Saxicola torquatus promiscuus (promiscuus): Highlands of E Tanzania
  • Saxicola torquatus promiscua (altivagus): Highlands of S Malawi and adj. Mozambique to N Transvaal
  • Saxicola torquatus oreobates: Highlands of Lesotho; > to e Zimbabwe and s Mozambique
  • Saxicola torquatus felix: Mountains of SW Arabia and Yemen
  • Saxicola torquatus voeltzkowi: Grand Comoro I.


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