French: Gonolek boubou German: Flötenwürger Spanish: Bubú ferrugíneo
J. F. Gmelin
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
L. f. savensis
A. A. R. Pinto, 1963 – SE Zimbabwe (lower R Runde) and S Mozambique (R Save Valley).
L. f. transvaalensis
Roberts, 1922 – SE Botswana (Gaborone and Lobatse areas) and lowlands of N South Africa (N North West Province and Limpopo Province, excluding Limpopo Valley, S to E Mpumalanga and N KwaZulu-Natal) and E Swaziland.
L. f. tongensis
Roberts, 1931 – SE & extreme S Mozambique (E Sul do Save and Lebombo Range) and E South Africa (coastal KwaZulu-Natal, including L St Lucia).
L. f. natalensis
Roberts, 1922 – E & S South Africa (W & S KwaZulu-Natal S to extreme SW Eastern Cape at Plettenberg Bay).
L. f. pondoensis
Roberts, 1922 – coastal forests of E Transkei (Pondoland), in NE Eastern Cape.
L. f. ferrugineus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – S Western Cape (E to Plettenberg Bay).
21–23 cm; male 53–69 g and female 54–62 g (nominate and natalensis), male 44–53 g and female 42–51 g (tongensis). Male... read more
Highly vocal; duet-singing frequent throughout day and year, with much regional variation in... read more
Dense mesic woodland, favouring clumps of leafy bushes, tangles of creepers, coastal scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), hairy caterpillars up to 90 mm long, bees (Hymenoptera), many snails (of species Helix... read more
In South Africa breeds Aug–May (mainly Oct–Dec) in N, Sept–Dec (mainly Oct–Nov) in KwaZulu-Natal, and Aug–Mar... read more
Sedentary, pair apparently remaining in same territory for life; one individual moved 15 km.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to very common. Widespread but uncommon within small range in Botswana, where confined to Gaborone and Lobatse areas; in Zimbabwe,... read more
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