French: Rougegorge étoilé German: Sternrötel Spanish: Ruiseñor estrellado
Other common names:
Plettenberg Bay, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. pallidiflava
Cunningham-van Someren & Schifter, 1981 – Imatong Mts, in S South Sudan.
P. s. ruwenzorii
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) – NE DRCongo, SW Uganda, W Rwanda and W Burundi.
P. s. elgonensis
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1911) – Mt Elgon, on Uganda–Kenya border.
P. s. intensa
Sharpe, 1901 – N & C Kenya and N Tanzania.
P. s. macarthuri
van Someren, 1939 – Chyulu Hills, in SE Kenya.
P. s. helleri
Mearns, 1913 – Taita Hills (SE Kenya) and NE Tanzania.
P. s. guttifer
(Reichenow & Neumann, 1895) – Mt Kilimanjaro, in N Tanzania.
P. s. orientalis
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) – W, E, & S Tanzania S to Malawi and Mozambique.
P. s. hygrica
Clancey, 1969 – W Mozambique.
P. s. chirindensis
(Roberts, 1914) – E Zimbabwe.
P. s. transvaalensis
(Roberts, 1912) – N South Africa (former Transvaal).
P. s. stellata
(Vieillot, 1818) – E & S South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape) and Swaziland.
15–16 cm; 18–25 g. Nominate race has slate-grey to bluish-slate hood (to upper breast), with white supraloral spot and white lower-throat spot (both often... read more
Geographically variable. Song used to advertise territory rather quiet, by both sexes, usually from... read more
Breeds in primary and secondary moist evergreen forest with good understorey (at least one dense... read more
Food and feeding
Small invertebrates and fruit. Of 214 faecal samples from South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal), 83% held beetles, 58% moths, 43% ants, 34% spiders... read more
Aug–May in DRCongo (Dec–Feb, Rwenzori), breeding condition Mar and Jun and suggested as breeding Aug–Nov (Kivu District... read more
Partial altitudinal migrant, involving mainly subadults, most pronounced in S of range, where... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in many parts of range, e.g. Imatong Mts (Sudan) and Itombwe Mts (E DRCongo). In N South Africa, 5 pairs in 4·5 ha, in Malawi held... read more
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