French: Gonolek olive German: Olivwürger Spanish: Bubú oliváceo
Algoa Bay, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. bertrandi
(Shelley, 1894) – S Malawi E of Shire Valley.
C. o. makawa
Benson, 1945 – S Malawi (W of Shire Valley).
C. o. interfluvius
(Clancey, 1969) – E Zimbabwe and WC Mozambique.
C. o. vitorum
(Clancey, 1967) – SE Mozambique coast S from R Save.
C. o. olivaceus
(Shaw, 1809) – E & S South Africa (from NE Limpopo S to S Western Cape), Swaziland and extreme S Mozambique.
18–23 cm; male 31–39 g, female 24·5–43·5 g. Male nominate race buff morph has lores white, narrow whitish postocular superciliary stripe,... read more
Vocal; calls all year, mainly in austral spring. Male song varied, 5–10 ringing whistles,... read more
Coastal, lowland and montane evergreen forests up to mistforest; matted evergreen dune forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Hymenoptera, including bees, hornets and ants; also beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), mantises (Mantidae), larvae, spiders (... read more
Season Oct–Nov in Malawi, Oct–Jan (mainly Nov) in Zimbabwe and Nov–Dec in Mozambique; in South Africa, Nov–Feb in N... read more
Mainly resident; evidence of altitudinal migration in Malawi and E Zimbabwe, where occurs down to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Patchily distributed in N of range; more continuous in S. In Malawi, found W of Rift Valley from Chongoni and Mt Dedza to boundary between Ntcheu and... read more
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