A. Smith, 1836,
Orange River (= Colesberg), Northern Cape, South Africa.
All members of genus except C. chuana formerly treated as a single species, but were broken on largely molecular grounds into five species#R; this arrangement reworked here to make three. Present species differs from C. curvirostris by its much shorter bill (2); greatly reduced streaking above and below (3); and browner ground colour (2); and from C. subcoronata by its slightly shorter bill (1); reduced streaking above and below (2); buffier underparts (1); and parapatric distribution over broad distance at karoo–grassland interface (roughly at 24° E) (3). Geographical variation rather clinal. Three subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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