- Cossypha heuglini
Length 18-20 cm (7-7Â¾ in), mass 29-44 g.
- Orange underparts and tail
- Grey upper parts
- Black crown, lores and ear-coverts
- Broad white eyebrow
- Dark eye
- Grey legs and feet
Africa south of Sahara:
Western Africa: Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
As many as seven subspecies have been described2, but Clements1 recognises three:
Riverine woodland and forest, and moist savanna.
The diet consists of insects, beetles and ants, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, and other small invertebrates. Fruits are also eaten.
Monogamous and territorial; they nest in a tree stump cavity. The clutch consists of two to three eggs which are incubated by the female for 12â€“17 days.
- 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/
- 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
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