French: Capucin nonnette German: Kleinelsterchen Spanish: Capuchino bronceado
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. cucullata
Swainson, 1837 – Senegambia, S Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Nigeria, S Chad, Central African Republic and South Sudan, S to Gabon, Congo, and W Kenya (W of Rift Valley); also Bioko, Príncipe, São Tomé and Annobón, in Gulf of Guinea.
S. c. scutata
Heuglin, 1863 – Ethiopia and Kenya (E of Rift Valley) S to S DRCongo, Angola, Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, Mozambique and NE & SE South Africa; also islands off Tanzania (Pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia), and Comoro Is.
9 cm; 7·7-11·8 g. Nominate race has head and upper breast brownish-black, browner on hindneck and neck side, with variable amounts of greenish gloss on cap and... read more
Contact and flight calls a wheezy "tsek" or "chik-chik", twittering in flocks;... read more
Grassy open woodland and grassy semi-arid scrub; areas with seeding grasses, including cultivations... read more
Food and feeding
Small seeds of annual grasses, including Echinochloa, Urochloa, Setaria, Eleusine, Digitaria... read more
Season prolonged, Jan–Sept (mainly beginning with Mar rains) in Ghana, Aug–Oct in Ethiopia, mainly Apr, May, Oct and Nov in... read more
Resident. Some local movements in response to rains and seeding of grasses; longest distance of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant and widespread throughout most of range; one of the commonest avian species in Africa. Estimated population in S Mozambique (Sul... read more
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