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Cercotrichas signata
Photo by megan perkins
St. Lucia, South Africa, January 2007

Identification

Length 18-19 cm, mass 32-35 g
Adult: The upperparts are predominantly brown. The eyebrow is white and there a white spot below the eye. There are conspicuous black and white markings on the wing and the tail is black with a white tip. The underparts are white; greyish on the flanks.
Immature: Brown, with spotted buff upperparts and underparts scaled blackish.

Distribution

Juvenile
Photo by Alan Manson
Cape Vidal, iSimangaliso Wetland Reserve, South Africa, February 2008

Coastal forests of south-eastern South Africa, southern Mozambique, and inland to north-eastern South Africa and eSwatini.

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

There are two subspecies:

  • C. s. tongensis: paler than the nominate race, buffy on the flanks, and has a shorter bill
  • C. s. signata:
  • South Africa (Transvaal and southern Natal to south-eastern Cape Province)

Habitat

Forests and coastal dunes.

Behaviour

Usually solitary, this species forages on the forest floor for invertebrates, often flicking leaves aside with its bill. It often watches foraging mole-rats, picking off disturbed insects.

References

  1. 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.
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533

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