Marsh tchagra

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Marsh tchagra
Marsh Tchagra, Luita, DRC (6700728549).jpg
Adult male T. m. subsp. anchietae in the southern DRC
Bocagia minuta subsp remotus, Caia, Birding Weto, a.jpg
Adult female T. m. subsp. remotus at Caia in central Mozambique
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Malaconotidae
Genus: Tchagra
Species: T. minutus
Binomial name
Tchagra minutus
(Hartlaub, 1858)
  • Bocagia minuta
  • Tchagra anchietae

The marsh tchagra (Tchagra minutus) is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae, which is native to marshes in the tropics and subtropics of Africa. It is sometimes placed in the monotypic genus Antichromus or Bocagia.[2] The southern three subspecies intergrade at their contact zones,[2] and are sometimes separated as Anchieta's tchagra (Tchagra anchietae).


It is found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, DRC, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and swamps.


There are four recognized subspecies:[2]

  • T. m. subsp. minutus (Hartlaub, 1858) – West Africa and African tropics: Sierra Leone eastward to western Kenya, northwestern Tanzania and the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika
  • T. m. subsp. anchietae (Bocage, 1869) – Angola to southern DRC, northern Zambia, southeastern Tanzania and nearby Malawi
  • T. m. subsp. reichenowi (Neumann, 1900) – eastern and southern Tanzania
  • T. m. subsp. remotus Clancey, 1959 – Southern subtropics: southern Malawi to northern Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Tchagra minutus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Fry, H. (2016). "Marsh Tchagra (Tchagra minutus)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 

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