Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Affinities uncertain; possibly closer to C. abyssinicus than to C. caudatus. Status of form weigalli disputed, the more so since birds of this species in Ruaha National Park (C Tanzania) have underparts entirely blue, as on nominate#R; has been thought to be merely half-moulted immature of present species, but other authors regard it as a valid, geographically distinct taxon; the two forms evidently hybridize over a significant area (c. 200 km wide) from S Tanzania through Malawi to C Mozambique. In S of range, size (wing length) increases clinally from E to W#R. Specific name frequently given as feminine, spatulata, but genus is masculine. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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