French: Gobemouche sud-africain German: Glanzdrongoschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas sudafricano
Subspecies and Distribution
M. p. tropicalis
(Cabanis, 1884) – SE Congo, SW & SE DRCongo, SW Uganda (Lake Mburo National Park#R), Kenya, S Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and W Tanzania.
M. p. poliogynus
Lawson, 1964 – Angola (except S) E (possibly including S DRCongo) to SW Tanzania and NW Malawi and S to extreme NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Zambia and N, W & C Zimbabwe.
M. p. diabolicus
(Sharpe, 1877) – S Angola, N Namibia (except Caprivi Strip) and NW Botswana.
M. p. pammelaina
(Stanley, 1814) – S & E Tanzania, SE Malawi and N Mozambique (N of Sul do Save).
M. p. ater
(Sundevall, 1850) – SW Malawi, lowland S & E Zimbabwe, Mozambique (S of R Save), SE Botswana, E South Africa (S to Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
19–22 cm; 21–33 g. Male nominate race is entirely black, with steel-blue gloss on head, body and exposed parts of tertials and rectrices; primaries and... read more
Usually silent. Song a bold, pleasant, melodious warble of distinct phrases, in South Africa often... read more
Open woodland such as miombo woodland with sparse undergrowth, Baikiaea woodland, tall... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, including ants (Formicidae), termites (Isoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera); also spiders (Araneae), centipedes (... read more
Breeds in Oct–Nov and Mar in E Africa, Aug–Oct in Angola, Aug–Dec (mainly Sept–Nov) in Zambia, Sept–Dec (... read more
Generally resident, but substantial regular movement suspected within S Africa. Reported less... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to locally common; sparse above 1500 m, and scarce in open savanna and semi-arid parts of range. In South Africa, less common than... read more
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