Moorland Chat
(Alpine Chat)

Cercomela sordida

Moorland Alpine Chat, Cercomela sordida, photo © by Michael Plagens

In the high country of Abedares National Park, Kenya. June 2017.

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These small birds are infrequently seen because their habitat, high-altitude elfin forest edge and grassland, is found only in the highest mountain areas. The downy feathers under their plumage/flight feathers is bulkier giving the birds a stocky look. Their diet consists mostly of small, soft-bodied insects caught in-flight or gleaned from foliage.

Muscicapidae -- Flycatcher Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

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