French: Bergeronnette du Cap German: Kapstelze Spanish: Lavandera de El Cabo
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. wellsi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1911 – E DRCongo E to SW Uganda and NW Tanzania, and W & C Kenya.
M. c. simplicissima
Neumann, 1929 – Angola E to SE DRCongo, S to NE Namibia, N Botswana and Zambia, and NW Zimbabwe (on R Zambezi).
M. c. capensis
Linnaeus, 1766 – W & S Namibia, SE Botswana, much of Zimbabwe and W & S Mozambique S to S South Africa.
17–20·5 cm; 17–25 g. Adult nominate race has narrow buffy supercilium, dark brown to black lores; above, mainly dark olivaceous grey, wing feathers... read more
Song a jumble of twittering notes, “tweep tweep tweep, witititi, cheep-tweep”,... read more
In S occurs near any sort of water, so long as open ground nearby; found around houses and gardens... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly insects, including flies (Diptera), often midges (Chironomidae) and mosquitoes (Culicidae) and their larvae, larval and adult... read more
Mar, Jun–Sept and Nov–Dec in Uganda, Jan, Apr–May, Jul and Sept in Kenya, and Jul–Aug in Zambia; lays in most... read more
Largely sedentary; some wandering in parts of E Africa, and in parts of South Africa and Zambia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequent and widespread; most common in parts of S. In E Africa common in SW Uganda, but scarce in E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi and N Tanzania; local... read more
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