Phylogenetic study suggests this species may be part of a clade that contains also T. hartlaubi, T. schuettii, T. livingstonii, T. fischeri, T. corythaix and T. persa#R. Formerly considered conspecific with T. livingstonii and T. corythaix, but vocal differences and analysis of chromosome banding suggest that recognition as full species more appropriate. Several races described for E populations, including loitanus (SW Kenya), chalcolophus (NE Tanzanian highlands) and marungensis (L Malawi region), but all regarded as of doubtful validity. Monotypic.
W, C & E Angola (N to Malanje and Calandula), S DRCongo and Zambia to NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), NE Botswana and NW Zimbabwe (W of Victoria Falls), Mozambique, Malawi (W of the Rift), and W Tanzania from Ufipa to Gombe Stream National Park; smaller, disjunct population in SW Kenya and N Tanzania from Mara Game Reserve and Loita Hills S to N & W Serengeti National Park, Crater and Mbulu Highlands and Mt Hanang, and W to Mwanza District.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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