French: Cossyphe à calotte rousse German: Natalrötel Spanish: Cosifa de Natal
Other common names:
neighbourhood of Port Natal [= Durban], South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. larischi
Meise, 1958 – C Nigeria S to N & W Angola.
C. n. intensa
Mearns, 1913 – SE Central African Republic, S South Sudan, SW Ethiopia and S Somalia S to E Angola and NE South Africa.
C. n. natalensis
A. Smith, 1840 – E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).
16–17 cm; 24–40 g. Distinctive, having orange-rufous face with beady black eye. Nominate race has crown to nape olive-rufous, back and scapulars dark blue-grey,... read more
Song during breeding a rich medley of original notes, very human whistling and mimicry of other... read more
Closed lowland and middle-elevation evergreen forest, open deciduous forests in thornbush, dune... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates and fruit. Of 33 stomachs and 14 faecal samples from across range, 79% held beetles (including Curculionidae, Elateridae and... read more
Wet-season breeder throughout range: Jun in Nigeria, Aug in Sudan and Jul in coastal Kenya and Somalia; Oct–Jan in DRCongo, Apr... read more
Partial migrant, patterns very poorly understood. Disappears from S Ethiopia and S Sudan in Jun... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Status in N parts of range in some doubt, as uncertainty over significance of many records (whether referable to residents, passage migrants, or... read more
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