Family Rockjumpers (Chaetopidae)

Least Concern

Cape Rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus)


Taxonomy

French: Chétopse bridé German: Kapfelsenspringer Spanish: Saltarrocas de El Cabo
Taxonomy:

Malurus frenatus

Temminck

, 1826,

Riviersonderend Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa

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Commonly treated as conspecific with C. aurantius, but differs significantly in size, colour of underparts and extent of male’s black upper breast; the two species approach each other geographically to within 100–150 km. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Western Cape and SW Eastern Cape, in S South Africa.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 54–60 g. Striking ground-dwelling passerine, streaked grey and black above, with chestnut rump and underparts, black throat with white moustache, long... read more

Voice

Song an often long series of penetrating piping notes, “psuwee-psuwee-psuwee-” and... read more

Habitat

Rocky fynbos, from mountains down to sea-level, but particularly in windswept, high-rainfall areas... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, occasionally small lizards and amphibians. Prey brought to nests at one site included caterpillars (30%), beetles (... read more

Breeding

Jul–Jan, mainly Sept–Oct. Breeds as monogamous pair in permanent all-year territory of 4–11 ha. Co-operative, with... read more

Movements

Resident; possibly some altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Cape Fynbos EBA. Locally common. Occurs at densities of 0·56–1·02... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Cape Rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59691 on 19 November 2017).