Natal, South Africa.
Has been separated in Natalornis, on basis of sexual dimorphism, distinctive plumage (without rufous, no white in tail), nest structure and egg coloration; within present genus, however, these features (apart from nest structure) are variable, suggesting that separate genus is not warranted. DNA data#R indicate sister relationship with H. nigrorufa, despite striking morphological differences. N population, with plumage washed violet, sometimes separated as race lynesi, but differences insignificant. Monotypic.
SE DRCongo, S Tanzania, Malawi, NE Zambia, E Zimbabwe and adjacent W Mozambique, E South Africa (S Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal) and W Swaziland; migrates N to NE DRCongo, S Uganda and extreme W Kenya#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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