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Olive Bushshrike

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Alternative name: Rufous-breasted Bushshrike

Male (ruddy morph) Photo by Alan Manson Queen Elizabeth Park, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Male (ruddy morph)
Photo by Alan Manson
Queen Elizabeth Park, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Chlorophoneus olivaceus

Telophorus olivaceus


[edit] Identification

Two morphs occur, a ruddy morph and a less-common olive morph. The ruddy morph has a grey crown and mantle, whitish lores, black (male) or grey (female) face and ear coverts, olive-green back, rump and wings, buffy rufous throat and chest and a greenish-buff belly. The olive morph has olive-green crown, mantle, back, rump and wings. The male has yellow lores and eyebrows, a black face and eyebrows, a black tail with yellow outer feathers, and rufous-yellow underparts. The female has a greyish-green face and ear coverts, an olive-green tail, and olive-yellow underparts.

This species resembles the Black-fronted Bushshrike, but the latter has bright orange underparts. These species also have distinctly different calls.

Female (ruddy morph)Photo by Alan Manson Botanical Gardens, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Female (ruddy morph)
Photo by Alan Manson
Botanical Gardens, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

[edit] Distribution

Eastern and extreme southern Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

Clements (2010)[1] places this species (and others in the genus Chlorophoneus) in the genus Telophorus.

There are five subspecies:[1][2]

  • C. o. olivaceus''
  • C. o. interfluvius''
  • C. o. vitorum''
  • C. o. makawa''
  • Central and southern Malawi (west of Shire Valley) to eastern Zimbabwe
  • C. o. bertrandi''
  • Southern Malawi (east of Shire Valley)

[edit] Habitat

Forest, dense woodland and thickets.

[edit] Behaviour

Forages for invertibrates and small fruits in dense vegetation, often in mixed-spiecies bird parties. More often heard than seen; calls include slow teu--teu--teu--teu whistles.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  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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