French: Cratérope bicolore German: Elsterschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide bicolor
N & NE Namibia, Botswana, SW & S Zimbabwe and N & NE South Africa. Possibly extreme S Angola and SW Mozambique#R.
24–25 cm; 63–96 g. Medium-sized white Turdoides babbler with black bill, wings and tail. Head and body are pure white, with brownish-black tail and wing... read more
Chorus song involves various harsh but quite high-pitched chattering notes, “cha-cha-cha”, “keeyi-... read more
Semi-arid to arid savanna (avoiding more open areas and more mesic woodlands), often with abundance... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including tenebrionid beetles, beetle larvae, caterpillars and moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), ants (Formicidae),... read more
Oct–Apr in Namibia, Sept–May (mainly Oct–Dec) in Botswana and Aug–Jan (mainly Nov) in Zimbabwe; Oct–Jan and... read more
Resident, but groups may wander in response to local conditions; considered vagrant in Free State,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Widespread in N Namibia; common to very common throughout most of Botswana. Widespread in Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, but... read more
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