Ruaha chat

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Ruaha chat
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Myrmecocichla
Species: M. collaris
Binomial name
Myrmecocichla collaris
Reichenow, 1882

The Ruaha chat (Myrmecocichla collaris) is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is found in western Tanzania, eastern Rwanda, Burundi, and northern Zambia. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland.

The Ruaha chat was formerly considered a subspecies of Arnot's chat (Myrmecocichla arnotti).[1]


  1. ^ Glen, R.; Bowie, R.C.K.; Stolberger, S.; Voelker, G. (2011). "Geographically structured plumage variation among populations of White-headed Black Chat (Myrmecocichla arnotti) in Tanzania confirms the race collaris to be a valid taxon". Journal of Ornithology. 152 (1): 63–70. doi:10.1007/s10336-010-0548-2.  open access publication – free to read