coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Once considered a separate species from G. pucherani (which then included G. verreauxi), but analysis of morphological characters concluded that the two were conspecific; now, however, separated again from G. pucherani (sensu stricto; see that species) on basis of blackish-grey vs red and blue facial and neck skin (3); hood not descending down front of neck as a short tube but tying up under chin, with brownish-white patch at rear (3); blackish-chestnut collar vs none (3); and different voice, being “a staccato chuk-chuk-chukchukerr”#R vs a “very harsh rhythmical clucking with descending churrs”#R (seemingly 3). Differs from G. verreauxi (also previously lumped with G. pucherani) in its blackish-grey face and throat (no red at all) vs blue face with red throat (3); hood tying up under chin, with brownish-white patch at rear vs hood descending as short tube down front of neck (3); broad blackish-chestnut vs black collar (ns); red vs dark eye (2); different voice, being as given above vs “a crack followed by a distinct rapid piping krk pu-pu-pu-pu-pu” (seemingly 3). Described races lividicollis (Zambezi region) and symonsi (KwaZulu-Natal) are regarded as synonyms of nominate edouardi; suahelica (coastal S Tanzania) is considered inseparable from barbata. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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