Africa = Angola.
Formerly considered conspecific with V. obtusa, V. orientalis, V. interjecta and V. togoensis, and all sometimes placed in a separate genus, Steganura. Molecular data#R indicate that present species and V. obtusa are sister-species. Occasional hybridization with indigobirds (species undetermined) recorded. Certain specimens in tattered plumage from E Sudan and Eritrea suggest interbreeding between present species and V. orientalis. Monotypic.
SE Sudan, Ethiopia (absent Ogaden desert and E Bale), Somalia (W of 47° E), SE South Sudan, E DRCongo (Ruzizi Valley, in Kivu), NE Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and from W & S Angola and S Zambia E to Malawi and Mozambique and S to C Namibia, C & SE Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and N & NE South Africa.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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