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Grey Emutail - BirdForum Opus

Disambiguation: The scientific name, Bradypterus seebohmi, now utilized for this species, Grey Emutail, was used in the past by the species Benguet Bush Warbler. The current scientific name for the Benguet Bush Warbler is Locustella seebohmi.

Alternative name: Madagascan Grassbird

Bradypterus seebohmi

Amphilais seebohmi


17 cm

  • Graduated tail


Africa: Humid grassy swamps of east Madagascar


This is a monotypic species[1].

Placed by some authorities in genus Dromaeocercus.


Humid grassy swamps on montane plateaux, with grassland and heaths.



Their diet onsists almost entirely of small insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Madge, S. (2021). Gray Emutail (Bradypterus seebohmi), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.gryemt1.01.1

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