Statius Müller, 1776,
Closely related to C. ruficollis and C. edithae; in NE of range hybridizes frequently with latter (which see). Despite extensive range, little variation of any significance is apparent (birds in far N have somewhat larger bill than those in S), and no races described. Monotypic.
Almost the whole of sub-Saharan Africa S from c. 17° N in Mauritania and Mali, C Chad and 20° N on Red Sea coast of Sudan (absent from extensive tracts of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, from the most arid regions of Namibia, W Botswana and Kalahari Basin of NW South Africa, and from higher elevations of Lesotho); present on islands of Bioko, Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia (off Tanzania), and Comoro Is, Aldabra, Glorieuses Is and Madagascar; recently discovered breeding in Western Sahara#R; also Europa I, where possibly introduced#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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