French: Cossyphe du Cap German: Kaprötel Spanish: Cosifa cafre
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. iolaemus
(Reichenow, 1900) – S South Sudan and N Uganda S to Malawi and N Mozambique.
D. c. kivuensis
(Schouteden, 1937) – SW Uganda, E DRCongo, W Rwanda and NW Tanzania (Ngara).
D. c. namaquensis
(W. L. Sclater, 1911) – S Namibia and W & C South Africa (Northern Cape E to Free State).
D. c. caffer
(Linnaeus, 1771) – E Zimbabwe and N, E & S South Africa (S to Western Cape), including Swaziland and Lesotho.
16–17 cm; 25–34 g. Nominate race is olive-grey from crown to lower back, darker wings (with white post-carpal edge), chestnut rump and tail, latter with grey-... read more
Song, by both sexes (female normally shorter muted versions), a series of melodious whistled... read more
Edges of montane forest, typically bracken-briar and similar ecotonal vegetation adjacent to forest... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of animal and vegetable food recorded, with opportunist use of local resource, e.g. caterpillars often taken when abundant in... read more
Jan and Mar in Sudan; breeding-condition birds May and Jul in DRCongo; all year in E Africa, with peak in long rains and smaller peak in... read more
Altitudinal migrant in dry winter season in many parts of range, especially S from Malawi, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in appropriate habitat throughout range; particularly common in e.g. Nairobi suburbs, in Kenya. In South Africa, range has... read more
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