French: Coliou quiriva German: Rotzügel-Mausvogel Spanish: Pájaro ratón carirrojo
India; error = Gamtoos River, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
U. i. lacteifrons
(Sharpe, 1892) – coastal Angola (S from Cabinda) and most of Namibia.
U. i. mossambicus
(Reichenow, 1896) – extreme SE DRCongo and SW Tanzania (around L Rukwa) S to SE Angola (N possibly to E Moxico), Zambia and Malawi (mainly in S).
U. i. pallidus
(Reichenow, 1896) – coastal areas of extreme SE Tanzania and N Mozambique.
U. i. transvaalensis
(Roberts, 1922) – SW Zambia, Zimbabwe and S Mozambique S to South Africa (except S).
U. i. indicus
(Latham, 1790) – Western Cape Province E to R Great Kei.
29–37 cm, including elongated tail of 19–25 cm; 32·5–78·9 g. Grey upperparts with greenish metallic sheen, especially on wings and tail, buff... read more
Gives clear, melodious, bell-like whistles comprising 3–4 notes, which fall in pitch, e.g.... read more
Typically savanna woodland, especially Acacia, frequenting wide range of scrub, bush and... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits, also leaves, buds, flowers and nectar; in South Africa, where regularly observed taking nectar of Aloe marlothii in... read more
Nests found throughout year, but marked peak in austral spring/summer: Sept–Apr in Angola, Aug–Jan in Zambia, Jun–Jan in... read more
Sedentary or locally nomadic; irruptions in dry season or during droughts detected in several areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common in South Africa and Botswana; widespread and common in Zambia (except in W & NE); very common in SW Angola... read more
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