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Congo Moor Chat

(myrmecocichla tholloni)
The Congo Moor Chat is a localised chat restricted to the grassy plateau of central Africa. Within its upland grasslands it is locally common, we found several pars in the grasslands around Leconi.
It is a rather odd looking bird which can hardly be described as elegant. The sequence of photos here of the two birds on the bare tree is possibly unique. It shows a pair of birds mating - the female is on the tip of the tree whilst the male flies in and mates with her. It all happened very quickly - the 6 frames per second of the Canon 50D was not quite fast enough to catch all of the action. Note the typically grey gloomy sky of West Africa.
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat, Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat , Leconi, Gabon
Congo Moor Chat , Leconi, Gabon