Northern Ant-eater Chat

Myrmecocichla aethiops

Ant-eater Chat, Myrmecocichla aethiops, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Photographed on a cattle pasture near Eldoret, Rift Valley, Kenya, January 2012.

These active birds fly after flying insects or glean insects from the turf. Mostly black-brown, with a short tail, upright posture, long slender bill and a white wing patch visible in flight (white is barely visible in the photo). Partial to grasslands and open pastures in western Kenya highlands. Distributed across Africa from Senegal in the west and Ethiopia/Kenya in the east.

Muscicapidae -- Old World 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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