French: Tchitrec du Cap German: Kapmonarch Spanish: Monarca morado meridional
Other common names:
Auteniquoi, Knysna district, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. segregus
Clancey, 1975 – NE South Africa (Limpopo S to W KwaZulu-Natal).
T. c. cyanomelas
(Vieillot, 1818) – coastal S & SE South Africa.
13–14 cm; 10 g. Feathers of crown elongated, forming long pointed crest. Male nominate race has glossy blue-black head and breast, grey upperparts, blackish tail... read more
Song loud and ringing, some loud separate notes followed by liquid trill, “zweep-tyew-too-... read more
Dense moist thickets of coastal, lowland and mid-altitude evergreen forest, riparian forest and, in... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects. Feeds solitarily or in pairs, sometimes in mixed-species flocks. Mostly in understorey and lower and middle stages of forest... read more
Season Sept in Rwanda and DRCongo, Apr in Uganda, Feb and Dec in Malawi, Oct–Jan in Zimbabwe; in South Africa, Dec in Northern... read more
Resident; in S Africa some local seasonal movements may occur in Jun–Jul and Dec.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally frequent to uncommon. In Kenya occurs E of Rift valley; few recent records of separate population in C highlands, and probably declining. In... read more
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