Alternative name: Timor Bushchat; White-bellied Chat
- Saxicola gutturalis
15.5 - 17cm (6-6¾ in).
- Black upperparts and head
- White chin, throat and underparts
- Large white wing patch, white bases of outer tail (luctuosus with less white in wings)
- Sometimes short white supercilium over ear-coverts
- Brownish upperparts
- Pale brown supercilium
- Creamy-buff underparts
Juveniles are undescribed
Endemic to Timor and some small adjacent islands.
Locally common restricted-range species.
Two subspecies recognized:
- S. g. gutturalis on Timor and probably also Rote Island
- S. g. luctuosus on Semau Island, off southwest Timor
Moist lowland forests and dry savanna up to 1200m.
In savanna usually replaced by Pied Bushchat.
Feeds on insects. Forages by sallying and gleaning in canopy.
Breeding season October to November, also May to June. One recorded nest was placed inside a dead hollow branch of an Eucalyptus tree. Lays possibly just 2 eggs.
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