French: Pririt du Cap German: Kapschnäpper Spanish: Batis de El Cabo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
B. c. kennedyi
Smithers & Paterson, 1956 – SW & C Zimbabwe.
B. c. erythrophthalma
Swynnerton, 1907 – E highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
B. c. hollidayi
Clancey, 1952 – NE South Africa (S from Soutpansberg), Swaziland and adjacent S Mozambique (Lebombo Highlands).
B. c. capensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S South Africa (Western Cape E to W KwaZulu-Natal) and E Lesotho.
12–13 cm; 8·9–15·6 g. Small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some chestnut) colours. Male nominate... read more
Loud monotonous whistle, uttered by both male and female; audible differences exist between races (... read more
Inhabits forest edges, clearings, dense bush, well-treed areas with pines, wooded gorges and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects and other arthropods: flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), lepidopterans and dictyopterans recorded, also... read more
Breeds Sept–Feb, mainly Oct–Dec (except in E Cape of South Africa, where peak is earlier); 1–2 broods per year, although... read more
Mainly resident, but some movement and wandering during non-breeding season. Some altitudinal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common. Adaptable, accepts exotic vegetation; can survive in tiny isolated forest fragments, some so small that they... read more
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