French: Gonolek bacbakiri German: Bokmakiriwürger Spanish: Bubú silbón
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. z. phanus
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1920) – SW Angola (arid coastal plain) and NW Namibia (Kaokoveld).
T. z. thermophilus
Clancey, 1960 – Namibia (S from c. 21° S), SW & SE Botswana and W & N South Africa (E to Limpopo and W Free State).
T. z. zeylonus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – E & S South Africa (C & E Free State and KwaZulu-Natal S to SE Western Cape), Swaziland and Lesotho.
T. z. restrictus
Irwin, 1968 – Chimanimani Mts, on Zimbabwe–Mozambique border.
22–24 cm; male 57–71 g, female 48–76 g. Nominate race has grey forehead to hindneck, well-demarcated bright yellow superciliary stripe from bill to above or... read more
Song loud, liquid, far-carrying, generally by two paired individuals in antiphonal duet; twelve or... read more
Bushes and thickets with plenty of quite open ground around. Thickets in open grassland, bushy and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates, including longhorn and shorthorn grasshoppers (Orthoptera), stick-insects (Phasmida), heteropteran bugs, mantises (... read more
Season lengthy in South Africa, mainly Aug–Nov (but clutches in all months except Apr) in Limpopo, Sept–Mar in KwaZulu-Natal,... read more
Resident. Longest distance covered by ringed individual 5 km.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common within its large range. Not uncommon in Angola from Lobito Bay S to R Cunene; occasional in Iona National Park. Widespread in W &... read more
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