French: Rougegorge de Swynnerton German: Swynnertonrötel Spanish: Ruiseñor de Swynnerton
Erythracus [sic] swynnertoni
Chirinda Forest, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe
Subspecies and Distribution
S. s. rodgersi
Jensen & Stuart, 1982 – Mwanihana Forest, Chita, Udzungwa Mts and E Usambara foothills, in NE & C Tanzania.
S. s. swynnertoni
(Shelley, 1906) – E Zimbabwe (Vumba Highlands, Mt Selinda) and NC & C Mozambique (Mt Mabu, Mt Gorongosa).
12–13 cm; 14–20 g. Male nominate race has dark grey hood, white crescent on lower foreneck bordered below by black line running to neck side; mantle to rump olive... read more
“Loud song”, by both sexes, a sweet high leisurely whistling phrase of two types, one... read more
Moist evergreen forest on scarps or mountains. On Chirinda (Zimbabwe) and Gorongosa (Mozambique)... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects. Of 25 stomachs and four faecal samples from Zimbabwe (Chirinda), 93% held beetles, 55% ants, 38% wasps, 21% caterpillars... read more
Oct–Jan, peak Nov–Dec, in Zimbabwe; probably same in Tanzania and Mozambique. Nest, built in 7–10 days, a variably sized... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains EBA and Tanzania-Malawi Mountains EBA. Estimated global population more than 10,000 mature... read more
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