A. Smith, 1831,
flats near the Orange River.
Forms a species pair with A. afra, with which often considered conspecific, but distinct on account of mainly white vs all-black primaries in both sexes (3); much more regular, even barring above extending onto tail (only vague and highly spaced in afra), with female afraoides showing mix of bars and blotches like male afra and female afra showing no obvious barring at all, and appearing darker than female afraoides, i.e. buff on black vs black on buff (3); female afraoides narrowly barred black on rufous-buff on breast shading to buffy-cream mid-belly patch vs female afra densely and regularly barred black-and-whitish shading to whitish mid-belly patch (2); narrow hybrid zone in valley of Great Fish R, Eastern Cape (2). Proposed races mababiensis (NW Botswana) and kalaharica (Kalahari Desert) nowadays included in etoschae and damarensis respectively; chiversi, boehmeri and leucoptera are all synonym of nominate. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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