French: Rochassier des éboulis German: Springschmätzer Spanish: Zorzal roquero
Victoria Falls; error = Matobo Hills, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Locally E Zambia, W Malawi, Zimbabwe, E Botswana, and W & C Mozambique (Tete district).
23–27 cm; 66 g. Plumage is dark brownish-grey above, becoming blackish below, chin and throat finely tipped whitish, crissum faintly scaled whitish; white tips of tail... read more
Song a medley of high, thin, sweet notes, reminiscent of that of Erithacus rubecula. Call... read more
Restricted to outcropping granitic hills with some tree canopy; occurs on lower slopes with large... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and small lizards, which are gleaned from leaves and bark; also hawks flying termites (Isoptera) using aerial sallies.
Nov in Malawi, Dec in Zambia and Jan in Botswana; Sept–Jan (peak Oct–Nov) in Zimbabwe. Nest a sparse, neat unlined cup of loose... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally frequent to common within its restricted but essentially secure habitat; breeding density of 1·2 pairs/km² recorded in Matobo Hills, in... read more
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