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Alternative name: Bocage's Longbill

Motacilla bocagii

Amaurocichla bocagii


11 cm. A short-tailed small bird of the forest-floor.

  • Uniform dark brown top of head and upperparts, including upperwing and tail
  • Dark brown side of head with faint pale supercilium
  • Rufous-tinged ear-coverts
  • Whitish chin and centre of throat
  • Pale rufous-brown side of throat, neck side and flanks
  • Grey-buff belly and undertail-coverts
  • Long, straight dark brown bill

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Africa: found locally in the forests of southern Sao Tome.
Locally common but has a very small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
The scientific name is also spelled bocagei.
Formerly place in genus Amaurocichla.


Undergrowth and floor of moist lowland forest. Usually around moss-covered rocks and fallen logs near edges of rivers and streams.



Feeds on small arthropods. Forages mainly on the ground similar to a pipit. Often seen picking and probing by streamsides, under gravel, fallen leaves and on rocks.


No information available.


This is a sedentary species.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)

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