Close to C. petiti and C. phoenicea. Possible hybridization with C. petiti in NW Angola and E DRCongo (L Kivu) suggested on basis of observations of females or young males having barred underparts with strong yellow wash. Where breeding range overlaps with that of C. phoenicea (SW Ethiopia and W Kenya), no intermediate males reported; some females of present species from C & E Kenya (outside range of C. phoenicea) have yellow in tail intermediate in extent between typical females of the two species; in areas where both species occur, all three female tail patterns are found, but differences not clearly enough defined to point to further intergradation, although interbreeding may indeed occur. Monotypic.
S South Sudan and SW Ethiopia S to Uganda and Kenya, thence S to S DRCongo, Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana and N South Africa and Swaziland, S along coast to Western Cape; recorded, probably as migrants, in S Somalia#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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