French: Cichladuse à collier German: Morgenrötel Spanish: Zorzal palmero acollarado
W. K. H. Peters
Sena, near the Zambezi River, Mozambique
CE & SE DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, W Tanzania and coastal S Kenya (S from lower R Tana) S to NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana, W, N & E Zimbabwe and S Mozambique, rarely NE South Africa. No recent records in Uganda#R.
17–18 cm; 28–38 g. Has light creamy to grey eye set in pale grey face, grey extending to neck side and breast; dull rufous cap, greyish-rufous back, rufous wings... read more
Song, often from high perch in palm, a melodious, twice-repeated phrase, “de dee doodle-oo... read more
Thickets of ivory palm (Hyphaene ventricosa) along rivers, and bush clumps in ivory palm... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and small frogs. One stomach held 93 insects of 11 species: 38% of items were southern green stink bugs (Nezara viridula... read more
Dec–May in DRCongo, Nov–Apr in Malawi, May in Tanzania, Oct–Nov and Feb–Mar in Zambia and Oct–Jan in Zimbabwe... read more
Apparently sedentary; during drought conditions has been recorded in atypical habitat (suburbia,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather local, confined to a special habitat; often common within areas of such habitat, and in some E African towns. Fairly common on Kenya coast S... read more
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