French: Bulbul jaboteur German: Laubbülbül Spanish: Bulbul terrestre
Outeniekwa Forest, Western Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. t. suahelicus
Reichenow, 1904 – S Somalia and C & E Kenya (Meru and Chuka Forests, Mt Kenya, coast) S to N Mozambique.
P. t. intermedius
Gunning & Roberts, 1911 – SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique S to N Botswana, Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (S to E KwaZulu-Natal); isolated population in SW Angola.
P. t. terrestris
Swainson, 1837 – Swaziland and E & S South Africa (W KwaZulu-Natal S along coastal fringe to Western Cape).
20–22 cm, 33–47 g (nominate); 17–19 cm, male 29·5–44 g, female 24·5–38 g (intermedius); 17–19 cm, male 31–40... read more
Song a rough chattering of 4–10 low, burry, husky notes, all on one pitch (lower than that of... read more
Variety of thickly vegetated habitats, including evergreen forest (mostly lowland and coastal,... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, particularly ants (Hymentoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), termites (Isoptera); also gastropods, small... read more
Nesting recorded in Jan and Aug in Kenya, Oct–Apr (mainly Nov–Jan) in Zambia, Sept and Dec–Apr (mainly Dec–Feb) in... read more
Thought to be largely sedentary; of 62 individuals ringed in Zimbabwe, 38 recaptured at same place... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common, but local in parts of its range. Estimated densities in Swaziland 3 birds/100 ha in acacia (Acacia) savanna, 19 birds/100... read more
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