French: Corvinelle noir et blanc German: Elsterwürger Spanish: Alcaudón pío
Orange River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
U. m. aequatorialis
Reichenow, 1887 – SW Kenya (E Masai Mara Game Park) and Tanzania (from SE L Victoria E to S slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, S to SE L Tanganyika and SW to N L Malawi).
U. m. angolensis
(Meise, 1958) – SW Angola and NE Namibia (NE of Namib Desert).
U. m. melanoleucus
(Jardine, 1831) – S Zambia E to S Malawi and NW Mozambique, S to Zimbabwe (except SE), Botswana (except large parts of Kalahari) and N South Africa.
U. m. expressus
(Clancey, 1961) – SE Zimbabwe and S Mozambique S to NE South Africa (Kruger NP and NE KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
34·5–50 cm, including tail (male 22·5–35 cm, female 21·5–34 cm); male 55–97 g, female 71–96 g (melanoleuca). A... read more
Noisy, with large variety of sounds reflecting complex social organization. Territorial calls... read more
Mainly savanna woodlands and open park-like savanna with scattered acacia (Acacia) growth... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on arthropods. Observed prey items ants (Formicidae), termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantises (Mantodea),... read more
Season largely coincides with rainy season, in S (nominate race) from Aug to Mar (Oct–Mar in Zambia, mainly Oct–Nov in Zimbabwe... read more
Mainly resident. In dry season regular movements suspected near borders of range in N Namibia and C... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally very common. Disappears or decreases in areas severely modified by man. Indications of decline in some areas, e.g. SW Kenya (only... read more
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