French: Sentinelle du Cap German: Kappieper Spanish: Bisbita de El Cabo
Other common names:
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. stabilior
Clancey, 1952 – Zimbabwe (C plateau E to Inyanga Mts) and adjacent Mozambique.
M. c. colletti
Schou, 1908 – extreme SE Botswana, E South Africa (Northern and C North West Provinces S to N Eastern Cape), Swaziland and Lesotho.
M. c. capensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – coastal belt of SW & S South Africa.
20–21 cm; male 49·2–55 g, female 45·2–52·2 g, unsexed 40–55 g. Large, chunky, short-tailed longclaw with reddish to orange throat... read more
Song, in flight, a series of clear, piping, far-carrying “dweet” or “deweet... read more
Favours short, usually dry, grassland in cool climates, but in some areas moist grassland, often... read more
Food and feeding
Food includes wide range of insects, both adults and larvae; also some grass seeds (Gramineae). Stomachs contained grasshoppers (Acrididae... read more
Sept–Mar, mostly Nov–Feb, in Zimbabwe, and from Sept in Mozambique; in South Africa, Aug–Apr (mainly Nov–Jan) in N... read more
Resident; some post-breeding altitudinal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout much of range; less abundant in Lesotho than in adjacent low-lying areas. Uncommon in lowlands and midlands of KwaZulu-Natal... read more
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