French: Caille arlequin German: Harlekinwachtel Spanish: Codorniz arlequín
Oury, Upper Limpopo River, Transvaal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. d. delegorguei
Delegorgue, 1847 – Liberia and Ivory Coast E to Ethiopia and S, excluding forest belt and arid SW, to South Africa (S to E Northern Cape and Free State), and W Madagascar; apparently only a migrant in W Africa.
C. d. histrionica
Hartlaub, 1849 – São Tomé, in Gulf of Guinea.
C. d. arabica
Bannerman, 1929 – SW Arabian Peninsula.
16–19 cm; male 49–93 g, female 63–95 g. Male has very distinctive combination of black-and-white head pattern, black breast and chestnut flanks. Female very... read more
Advertisement call by male considered to be faster, sharper, much more metallic and higher-pitched... read more
Favours open grassland with scattered bush cover or palms, and cultivated areas; also lightly... read more
Food and feeding
Grass and weed seeds, including Eleusine, Setaria, Brachiaria, Sorghum purpureosericeum, and green... read more
Season associated with heavy rains, irregular with much local variation: Jan–Mar (Nov–May and occasionally in other months) in... read more
Pattern varies according to locality. Nomadic in E & C Africa, movements seemingly associated... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Little specific information available. Considered to be at least common and even abundant in some areas, e.g. in... read more
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