French: Coliou à dos blanc German: Weißrücken-Mausvogel Spanish: Pájaro ratón dorsiblanco
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Races intergrade, and are often merged. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. damarensis
Reichenow, 1899 – Namibia and parts of S Botswana S to N South Africa (NW Northern Cape Province).
C. c. colius
(Linnaeus, 1766) – South Africa from Western Cape Province E to Eastern Cape and Free State and N to Gauteng.
29–32 cm, including elongated tail of 20–23 cm; 31–59 g. Both sexes of nominate race have light grey head, crest and upperparts, narrow white stripe down... read more
Short, sharp buzzing notes, with contact and flight calls much like those of C. striatus... read more
Wide variety of wooded and bushy habitat types, primarily in semi-arid and arid country; often in... read more
Food and feeding
Largely fruits, also leaves, flowers and nectar. In South Africa, fruits of 27 species, leaves of seven species and flowers of four species... read more
Lays throughout year, with peak in Sept–Dec (wet season) and, in most zones, protracted through Jan–Apr. Monogamous and... read more
Sedentary, although some nomadic movements may occur.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Usually common, especially in S half of range; in South Africa, less numerous away from SW arid zone of Cape Province and dry... read more
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