French: Inséparable à joues noires German: Rußköpfchen Spanish: Inseparable cachetón
W. L. Sclater
Muguzzi River, Zambia
SW Zambia, patchily from R Kafue S to R Zambezi. Unconfirmed reports from neighbouring Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
14 cm; (in captivity) male 38 g, female 43 g. Forehead and crown dark reddish brown, hindcrown and nape yellowish green, cheeks and throat blackish brown with white eye-ring... read more
Commonest vocalization a screechy “krreek” or a disyllabic “chi-reek!”. When perched, utters a wide... read more
Medium-altitude deciduous woodland, dominated by mopane (Colophospermum mopane) but only... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of Amaranthus, Rottboellia exaltata, Rhus quartiniana, Albizia anthelmintica, Combretum... read more
Nov–Dec in Zambia. Nest in large mopane trees. In captivity a dome-shaped nest is built in cavities. In captivity: 3–8 eggs;... read more
Subject to some local movements, possibly seasonal in nature, and said to be annual in the Senanga... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Decline (or inability to recover) attributed informally to replacement in 1950s of sorghum and millet... read more
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