Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Palm-thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda)


Taxonomy

French: Cichladuse à queue rousse German: Graubruströtel Spanish: Zorzal palmero colirrufo
Taxonomy:

Bradyornis ruficauda

Hartlaub

, 1857,

Gabon

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Central African Republic (Bangui), S Gabon and lower R Congo S to W Angola and extreme NW Namibia (along S bank of R Cunene); one record from coastal Cameroon#R.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 28–30 g. Dull rufous cap, dusky-rufous back and wings, bright rufous rump and tail; pale grey face and sides; creamy-buff chin to centre of breast and upper... read more

Voice

Song is loud and clear, and similar to that of C. arquata, interspersed with churring and... read more

Habitat

Thickets and savannas of ivory palm (Hyphaene ventricosa), groves of oil palm (Elaeis... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including spiders and (adult and larval) beetles, and small fruits and berries, including occasionally oil palm fruits.... read more

Breeding

Sept–Oct, Dec–Jan and Mar–May in Angola, Oct–Apr in DRCongo and Mar in Namibia. Nest a thick-walled, truncated cone... read more

Movements

Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; common throughout escarpment zone in Angola.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2019). Rufous-tailed Palm-thrush (Cichladusa ruficauda). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/58384 on 18 September 2019).