French: Agrobate du Kalahari German: Kalahariheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola del Kalahari
between Latakoo and the Tropic = north of Kuruman, northern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. benguellensis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – SW Angola and NW Namibia.
C. p. damarensis
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – interior Namibia.
C. p. paena
(A. Smith, 1836) – Botswana, W & SW Zimbabwe and N South Africa (Northern Cape, North West Province and N Limpopo).
C. p. oriens
(Clancey, 1957) – N & NE South Africa (Free State E to W Limpopo).
16 cm; 17–23 g. Like C. galactotes, but with greyer crown and nape, buff-edged blacker wings, more extensive black in tail, creamier-white chin and throat,... read more
Song a prolonged series of phrases consisting of pleasing whistles and warbling chirps with many... read more
Open sandveld with scattered low trees and bushes, including Colophospermum, Combretum... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects; regularly takes harvester termite workers (Hodotermitidae), which other robins tend to shun. Of eight stomachs from... read more
Breeding-condition birds Jun–Jul in Angola; Oct–Mar in Namibia, Jul and Sept–Dec in Botswana and Sept–Dec in... read more
Largely sedentary; local seasonal movements may occur in Zimbabwe and perhaps elsewhere, deserting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common.
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