French: Irrisor namaquois German: Sichelhopf Spanish: Abubilla arbórea cimitarra
Other common names:
Orange River, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
R. c. schalowi
Neumann, 1900 – S Uganda, W & C Kenya and S Somalia S to Zambia and NE South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
R. c. cyanomelas
(Vieillot, 1819) – Angola, Namibia, Botswana and N South Africa.
26–30 cm; 24–38·8 g. Nominate male dark, iridescent, with crown and face deep blue, nape, mantle and rump violet; white bar across primaries, some primary-... read more
Song (given by male alone) is a mournful, high-pitched, ventriloquial, 3–5-note "poui-... read more
Dry thornbush country, palms, wooded savanna, occasionally thicker woodland, including miombo... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists mostly of insects, including ants (Crematogaster) and their larvae from ant-galls, as well as flies, caterpillars,... read more
Recorded Aug–Feb: in Zimbabwe most records Sept–Oct (range Aug–Dec); Aug–Oct in Zambia, Sept–Oct in Malawi... read more
Movements of individuals unknown, but species is probably less sedentary than Phoeniculus... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population estimates available; widespread and sometimes locally common; fairly common resident in open woodland, savanna and bush... read more
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