French: Fauvette à calotte noire German: Kappengrasmücke Spanish: Curruca sudafricana
Turdus nigri capillus
forests of Bruintjes Hoogte, near Somerset East, Cape Province, South Africa
E South Africa (S along escarpments to extreme E Free State and C Eastern Cape) and W Swaziland.
17–19 cm; 26–34 g. Small bulbul-like passerine with orange-pink bill, black cap and chin, olive upperparts, grey throat and breast and white belly. Has crown (... read more
Song by male when breeding, and by female when building nest, a loud lively jumble of melodious... read more
Temperate and montane mist-belt broadleaf evergreen forest on slopes, in ravines and kloofs, forest... read more
Food and feeding
Small berries, fruits and invertebrates. Found singly, in pairs or in small groups, sometimes with other frugivores in fruiting trees.... read more
Oct/Nov–Jan. Nest, built by both sexes, a simple, neat cup of grass, leaves, fine blackish twigs and other twigs, roots, forbs and... read more
Resident and partial elevational migrant. Populations breeding in high Drakensberg winter in lower... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South African Forests EBA. Generally uncommon to locally fairly common, e.g. in Ficksburg area of Free State and in forest... read more
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