French: Agrobate coryphée German: Karooheckensänger Spanish: Alzacola del Karoo
eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. coryphoeus
(Vieillot, 1817) – C & S Namibia, W & C South Africa (E to W Free State and Eastern Cape) and W Lesotho.
T. c. cinerea
(Macdonald, 1952) – SW Western Cape.
15–17 cm; 19–22 g. Nominate race is dull grey-brown above and below, with white supercilium, narrow white subocular crescent, whitish chin and throat,... read more
Song (confined to breeding season) a series of unmusical husky irregular stutters, chirrups and... read more
Scrub, with interspersed bare ground for foraging: Karoo scrub, drier fynbos such as renosterveld,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and fruit: ants, beetles (Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Elateridae, Scarabaeidae, Tenebrionidae), flies (Muscidae, Sepsidae), small... read more
Generally Jul–Dec, earliest in W, peak laying in Sept–Oct; Aug–Feb (peak Nov) in Namibia; no evidence of double-brooding... read more
Resident; occasional short-distance vagrancy.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common. Ubiquitous in strandveld in coastal Namaqualand and SW Cape.
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