Myrmecocichla formicivora  Ant-eating Chat  Swartpiek
Swartpiek
Alma, Jul 2020

A breeding resident. A species of open, treeless landscapes, it is locally common in areas where past and present agriculture has replaced woodland with grassland in the Waterberg - much less frequently recorded in the surrounding thorn savanna (75% in, 25% out; recorded in 37% of the Waterberg pentads); in pairs or family groups year-round which centre around a breeding site: the nest is a tunnel excavated into an earth bank, typically in the roof of an aardvark burrow, in which they breed and to which they return nightly to roost. Breeds in summer.
Swartpiek
Moletadikgwa Wildlife Sanctuary, Apr 2019
Ant-eating Chat Waterberg distribution
Ant-eating Chat
Doornsloot, Nov 2017

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