French: Cubla boule-de-neige German: Schwarzmantel-Schneeballwürger Spanish: Cubla dorsinegra
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. affinis
(G. R. Gray, 1837) – Zanzibar Puffback – S Somalia and coastal lowlands of Kenya (extending inland to Bura and Shimba Hills) and Tanzania (S to R Rufiji), including Zanzibar I and Mafia I.
D. c. nairobiensis
Rand, 1958 – E of Rift Valley in Kenya (S from Archer’s Post, E to Mt Endau, Kibwezi, and Tiva and Voi Rivers) and NE Tanzania (S to Kilosa, E to Usambara Mts).
D. c. hamatus
Hartlaub, 1863 – N Angola, SE & E DRCongo, N & W Zambia, SW Kenya (W of Rift Valley, to Kavirondo Gulf), Tanzania (except NE), Malawi, Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, and lowland NE South Africa (Limpopo Province S to extreme N & NE Free State and N KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
D. c. okavangensis
Roberts, 1932 – S Angola, Zambia (S from Balovale) and W Zimbabwe S to N Namibia, N & E Botswana and N South Africa (R Molopo, in N North West Province).
D. c. cubla
(Latham, 1801) – Southern Puffback – SE South Africa (S KwaZulu-Natal S along coast to E Western Cape).
16–18 cm; male 19–36 g and female 21–30·5 g (nominate), male on average 6 g less and female 4 g less (nairobiensis), male on average 3... read more
Male song a percussive click followed by loud, clear whistle, "dzlit-toweeeyoo" or "tzr-t'weeeyo",... read more
Canopy of dense savanna woods and forest edges, less commonly in sparse woodland; occasionally in... read more
Food and feeding
Eats beetles (Coleoptera), large numbers of caterpillars, ants (Formicidae), termites (Isoptera), also Salvadora fruits and ... read more
Fledglings in Oct in Somalia; in Kenya, season Jan–May, Jul, Sept–Oct and Dec (mainly Apr) inland, Sept and Dec near coast; Jan... read more
Resident; ringing recoveries all within 10 km of ringing site.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. In Somalia, fairly common in lower Jubba and lower Shabeelle valleys and in extreme S; frequent to common in Kenya, where... read more
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