The rufous chatterer

The rufous chatterer is a species of bird in the Leiothrichidae family. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia,Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.


The rufous chatterer is found in dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry shrublands throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. They forage in small groups in leaf litter, feeding on a wide variety of insects and other invertebrates, and will also eat mango and papaya rinds. Rufous chatterers often can be seen in the company of the brown babbler, T. plebejus, where their ranges overlap in Sudan.

In its range, it may be confused with the scaly chatterer, T. aylmeri, but the rufous chatterer can be distinguished by its warmer cinnamon-coloured plumage, its shorter and straighter bill, the lack of bare skin around its eye and by its uniformly coloured underparts.

Rufous chatterers are co-operative breeders and they form groups that maintain ownership of their territory all year round.

The rufous chatterer is thought to form a superspecies with the fulvous chatterer,T. fulva. Interestingly, this species is often placed into the genus, Argya (Family: Leiothrichidae). If this genus is accepted, it will contain 11 species that are currently placed in Turdoides. These removed taxa are those that have longer, more graduated tails, longer slenderer bills and more rounded wings than the remainder of the Turdoides.

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