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The Black Scrub-Robin, a rare Western Palearctic bird

RussheckensängerDry Sahel seems to be a hostile living environment in the dry season. Nevertheless it is home to a charismatic species found across the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal east to the Red Sea coast of Sudan and Eritrea I Africa: the Black Bush Robin or Black Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas podobe), an inhabitant of the hot arid subdesert and savanna with scattered shrubs or acacia bushes and groves of date palms.

During a Rockjumper-tour to bird northern Cameroon in April 2017, bird-lens.com also visited the wide Sahel belt in the northern part of Cameroon. Bird companions in the area going up to Waza NP are the Quail Plover or Lark Buttonquail (Ortyxelos meiffrenii), Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii), Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus) and the Cricket Warbler or Cricket Longtail (Spiloptila clamans).

Normally shortly after we left the car, at least one individual of a Black Scrub-Robin could be detected in or besides the low, thorny shrubbery.

The Black Bush Robin is a long-legged scrub-robin with long, graduated and usually high-cocked tail. The nominate race is greyish-black, with black rump, wings and tail. It is said to be common or very common across the majority of its range. Within this range it is generally considered resident, although short-distance migratory movements evidently occur, as the species is documented as a regular winter visitor south to Ethiopia and Continue reading The Black Scrub-Robin, a rare Western Palearctic bird

Der Russheckensänger, ein seltener westpaläarktischer Vogel

RussheckensängerAls Bewohner der heißen, trockenen Halbwüsten und Savannen mit vereinzelten Sträuchern oder Akazienbüschen und Hainen von Dattelpalmen, ist dieser langbeinige, elegante Heckensänger mit seinem langem, abgestuftem und meist hoch gespanntem Schwanz ein seltener Gast in der Westpaläarktis. Auf der  Wunschliste vieler Vogelbeobachter und Fotografen steht er daher ganz oben. Die Rede ist vom Rußheckensänger (Cercotrichas podobe)!

Während einer Rockjumper-Tour im Norden Kameruns im April 2017 besuchte bird-lens.com auch den weiten Sahel-Gürtel im nördlichen Kamerun. Hier war der Rußheckensänger sogar recht häufig. Normalerweise konnte ein Rußheckensänger schon vom Wagen aus oder kurz nachdem wir das Auto verlassen hatten, gesehen werden. Gerne hielt er sich auf in offeneren Bereichen und nicht nur in niedrigen, dornigen Gebüschen auf.

Der Rußheckensänger gilt in seinen Kernlebensräumen als verbreitet oder sehr verbreitet. Allgemein wird er als sesshafter Bewohner dieses heißen und trockenen Habitats betrachtet, obwohl es offensichtlich zu kurzen Wanderungsbewegungen kommt, da die Art als regelmäßiger Winterbesucher südlich von Äthiopien und Somalia dokumentiert ist. Als Irrgast wurde er aus Continue reading Der Russheckensänger, ein seltener westpaläarktischer Vogel

Cricket Longtail sightings in northern Cameroon

SchuppenkopfprinieThe Cricket Warbler or Cricket Longtail (Spiloptila clamans) is another excellent contribution to the portfolio of Western Palearctic birds for bird-lens.com. Although only recently encountered inside the boundary of the Western Palearctic this cute, small bird native to the Sahel region is highly welcome.

In April 2017, bird-lens.com went on a Rockjumper-tour to bird northern Cameroon. Coming from Waza NP on 10th of April, we arrived at Mora by early morning. The fields for birds were along the road just a few kilometres north of Mora. The small agriculture is done on a very sandy place. First the much-wanted Quail Plover or Lark Buttonquail (Ortyxelos meiffrenii) was on everybody’s mind, and we turned our attention to this species first. Although we started our walk at 7:15 AM, a long, hot walk expected us. Soon we were striding purposefully across the parched Sahelian landscape. We had to work hard, lining up and scanning the area. First we saw a Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii) circling low over our hats, a handful of Black-headed Lapwing (Vanellus tectus) and good numbers of Black Scrub-Robins (Cercotrichas podobe).

Shortly after we spotted a very smart pair of Cricket Longtail in the low, thorny shrubbery. A short while after, another single Cricket Longtail was noted; it was restless and moved from one Continue reading Cricket Longtail sightings in northern Cameroon