French: Cratérope à joues nues German: Nacktwangendrossling Spanish: Turdoide caricalvo
Province of Benguela, Angola.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. g. gymnogenys
(Hartlaub, 1865) – SW Angola.
T. g. kaokensis
(Roberts, 1937) – NW Namibia.
24–25 cm; 65–91 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler, mid-brown above and white below, with pale greyish crown, black skin on face and buffy-rufous nape and... read more
Chorus song a loud chattering “kerrrakerrra-kek-kek-kek”, very like that of T. jardineii,... read more
Undergrowth of dry broadleaf riverine woodland, woodland on open plains, thick thorny brush on bare... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects and their larvae, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars (mopane worms), termites (Isoptera) and mantids; also some... read more
Mainly Nov–Jan (Jul–Jan, also Apr–May) in Namibia. Co-operative breeder; up to twelve birds attending one nest. Nest a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Angola. Uncommon to locally common in Namibia, where range covers 85,000 km² and population estimated at 53,170–104,970 individuals... read more
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