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Mocking Cliff-Chat

Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventri

Mocking Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventri, photo © by Michael Plagens

This obliging bird was observed at Kerio View near Iten, Rift Valley, Kenya. January 2012.

Ebony head, upper chest, back and tail contrast sharply with rusty orange lower belly. There's also a white patch in the wing. In older texts the bird is called simply Cliff-Chat. After a white-crowned population in West Africa was split off as a separate species the remaining population was then renamed as Mocking Cliff-Chat.

Muscicapidae -- Old World Flycatcher Family

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