- Myrmecocichla monticola
Length 18-20 cm, mass about 35 g.
Adult male: There are several colour morphs; body plumage may be pale grey or black, and the crown may be white, grey or black. The wings are very dark brown or black with a white shoulder patch which varies in size (sometimes all black). The tail pattern is distinctive, with a white rump and outer tail feathers. The legs and pointed bill are black.
Adult female: Dark brown, with a white rump and outer tail.
Four subspecies are recognized.
- M. m. albipileata - Coastal Angola (Benguela escarpment)
- M. m. nigricauda - Angola (highlands of Huambo and southern Cuanza Sul)
- M. m. atmorii - Northern Namibia (south to Damaraland)
- M. m. monticola - Southern Namibia, South Africa (east to Limpopo and western KwaZulu-Natal), Lesotho, and western Swaziland
Mountains and rocky areas.
Food: Mainly insects, but also other invertebrates, seeds and berries.
Breeding: Nests on the ground amongst rocks; 2-4 white eggs are laid June to March.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533