French: Cossyphe choriste German: Spottrötel Spanish: Cosifa bicolor
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
See comments under C. natalensis. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. d. mimica
Clancey, 1981 – N South Africa (E Northern Province).
C. d. dichroa
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Mpumalanga and W Swaziland S, including extreme E Lesotho, to E Western Cape.
19–20 cm; 38–48 g. Has head (to below eye) to back dark slate-grey (blackest on face), shading to orange-rufous on rump and tail, latter with blackish central... read more
Song, given only when breeding, beautiful and powerful, like that of C. natalensis but... read more
Breeds in montane evergreen forest at 1400–1800 m, generally above 1700 m, in N of range;... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily insects, also fruit. Of eleven stomachs and 33 faecal samples from N & E of range, 73% held beetles, 61% ants, 57% fruits (... read more
Oct–Dec, with 70% of clutches laid Nov; slightly later peak in W of range. Territory size in one case 1·2 ha. Nest an open cup,... read more
Sedentary at lower levels. Elsewhere a full or partial altitudinal migrant, notably in KwaZulu-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South African Forests EBA. Generally common. Abundant resident in Ngoye Forest. In Lesotho, recently found in... read more
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