French: Chétopse doré German: Orangebrust-Felsenspringer Spanish: Saltarrocas del Drakensberg
E. L. Layard
near Graaff-Reinet, west Eastern Cape, South Africa
Lesotho highlands and adjacent South Africa in montane Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
21–22 cm; 48–53 g. Striking ground-dwelling passerine with long and rounded white-tipped black tail, similar to C. frenatus. Male has crown and upper... read more
Song consists of series of various strident piping calls, notably a loud staccato “pree-pree-... read more
Steep-sloping alpine and subalpine grasslands with rocky outcrops, scree, rocky gulleys and passes... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); nestlings fed mainly with caterpillars, but at... read more
Jul–Apr, mainly Oct–Nov. Breeds as monogamous pair, in territory. Co-operative, with helpers. Nest, built by both sexes, a... read more
Resident or altitudinal migrant. Although reportedly resident in Lesotho, even above 3000 m,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Lesotho Highlands EBA. Locally common; global population estimated at 100,... read more
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