- Cossypha caffra
Probably subspecies iolaema
Photo by Mick Harris
Simba Farm Lodge,West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
, November 2017
Length 16-17 cm (6Â¼-6Â¾ in)
- 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: South 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 DRC (Kivu highlands) and south-western [[Uganda]
- Southern Namibia to Orange Free State and western Transvaal
The subspecies drakensbergi and vespera along with ardens are generally considered invalid.
Forest edges, bushveld, scrub and fynbos, gardens and parks.
They build a cup-shaped nest from coarse vegetation, lined with animal hair and rootlets.
The diet includes a wide variety of insects, spiders, caterpillars invertebrates, small frogs, lizards and some fruit and other vegetable matter.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
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