- Cossypha caffra
Length 16-17 cm
- Grey above
- Black sides of face and behind eye
- White supercilium
- Orange chin, throat, central breast, rump, under-tail coverts and outer tail feathers
- Grey-brown central tail feathers
- Pale grey belly
- Black, down curved bill
- Brown iris
- Pink-grey legs and feet
- Buff-marked dark brown upperparts
- Buff underparts
- Grey-brown breast
Western Africa: found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and Swaziland
Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
There are 4-7 subspecies depending on the authority:
- Eastern Zaire (Kivu highlands) and south-western [[Uganda]
- Natal-Transvaal border to eastern Transvaal
- Southern Namibia to Orange Free State and western Transvaal
However, of those, subspecies drakensbergi and vespera along with ardens are generally considered invalid.
Forest edges, bushveld, scrub and fynbos, gardens and parks.
It builds a cup-shaped nest from coarse vegetation, lined with animal hair and rootlets.
The diet includes insects, spiders, invertebrates, small frogs, lizards and some fruit.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
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