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Mocking Cliff Chat - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Leon
Mount Grace (100km west of Johannesburg), South Africa, December 2003
Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris

Includes White-crowned Cliff Chat


Photo by WickWelsh
Kruger National Park, South Africa, October 2016

Length 19–21 cm (7½ in); mass 46-51 g.
Adult male:

  • Glossy black overall plumage
  • Rufous rump and belly
  • White carpal (wrist) patch
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill, legs and feet

Adult female:

  • Slaty black (where male glossy black)
  • Deep chestnut (where male rufous)
  • Lacks white patch on wing

Immature: Similar to adults, but duller.


Africa south of the Sahara.



8 subspecies accepted.

  • T. c. bambarae:
  • Mali (Mandingo Mountains)
  • T. c. coronata:
Togo and south-eastern Burkina Faso to northern Cameroon and western Sudan (Darfur)
  • T. c. kordofanensis:
Central Sudan (Kordofan and Nuba Hills)
  • T. c. albiscapulata:
  • T. c. subrufipennis:
Southeastern South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia south to Zambia and Malawi
  • T. c. odica:
  • T. c. cinnamomeiventris:
  • T. c. autochthones:

T. c. coronata is sometimes split as full species, White-crowned Cliff Chat.


Areas with a mixture of rocks and trees.



Their mixed diet consists of figs, insects (including flying ants), spiders; also aloe nectar.


  1. 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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)

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