French: Moineau bridé German: Kapsteinsperling Spanish: Gorrión cejudo
Other common names:
Gymnorhis [sic] superciliaris
Cape Town, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
G. s. rufitergum
(Clancey, 1964) – extreme SE Gabon, S Congo and SW & S DRCongo E to SW Tanzania, S to Angola, NE Namibia and NW Botswana.
G. s. flavigula
(Sundevall, 1850) – SE Zambia, Zimbabwe, E Botswana and N South Africa.
G. s. bororensis
(Roberts, 1912) – E Tanzania S to Mozambique, NE South Africa (E Limpopo and NE KwaZulu-Natal) and Swaziland.
G. s. superciliaris
Blyth, 1845 – E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal S to Eastern Cape).
15–16 cm; 22–30 g. Nominate race is dusky brown above, with prominent broad whitish-buff supercilium from just in front of eye broadening out towards nape,... read more
Calls include disyllabic "chlee-chlee" or "chew-chew", and single "pick... read more
Widespread in woodland, savanna, riverine bush and cultivated land, especially in hilly districts;... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, nectar and insects. Forages on ground, but more usually in higher branches of trees. Singly, in pairs and in small groups; small... read more
Season Aug–Nov in DRCongo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and N South Africa (Limpopo), Oct–Nov in Mozambique, Oct–Jan in E South... read more
Resident; some local wandering outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally uncommon. Density up to 16 birds/ha. Estimated population in Swaziland 4000 individuals and in S Mozambique 50,000 individuals.
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