Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Collared Palm-thrush (Cichladusa arquata)


French: Cichladuse à collier German: Morgenrötel Spanish: Zorzal palmero acollarado

Cichladusa arquata

W. K. H. Peters

, 1863,

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.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Collared Palm-thrush (Cichladusa arquata). 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 on 7 December 2019).