French: Tchagra du Cap German: Kaptschagra Spanish: Chagra de El Cabo
“Senegal ... to Cafferland” = Gamtoos River, South Africa.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. t. natalensis
(Reichenow, 1903) – NE South Africa (E Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal) and W Swaziland; probably S Mozambique.
T. t. caffrariae
Quickelberge, 1967 – Eastern Cape from KwaZulu-Natal border S to area of R Great Fish.
T. t. tchagra
(Vieillot, 1816) – S South Africa from S Western Cape E to S Eastern Cape (E to Uitenhage region).
20–22 cm; 38–54 g. Nominate race has crown rich dark brown, broad whitish superciliary stripe, black lores and black stripe behind eye (lower eyelid feather... read more
Song of male, delivered in flight and preceded by wing-fripping, a trill followed by short... read more
Ecotonal scrub between grassland and montane, riparian, gulley and coastal forest; dense littoral... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), corn crickets (Orthoptera) and larvae; also berries and small molluscs. Forages on ground, where... read more
Season Sept–Dec in KwaZulu-Natal and Aug–Mar (mainly Sept–Nov) in Western Cape and Eastern Cape; sometimes double-brooded... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local in N of range, commoner in S. In SW Cape occurs W to Hermanus and Robertson and N to Beaufort West; common in Little Karoo; fairly... read more
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