Swartland = Malmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa.
Previously treated as conspecific with M. fasciolata, but separated on basis of plumage, morphology, display and genetic differences (distant divergence recently confirmed)#R; boundary between the two species in Eastern Cape requires investigation. Race marjoriae also genetically distinct, but plumage differences from nominate slight; further study needed. Nominate shows clinal variation in overall coloration, from generally more rufous birds in extreme W South Africa (proposed race adendorffi) towards darker birds in S, but these extremes virtually matched by notable individual variation at any one site. Proposed race algoensis (Port Elizabeth area) very similar to nominate, and not reliably separable, especially in view of marked individual variation within nominate. Two subspecies recognized
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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