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Photo by rudydbn
Illovo Glen KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, July 2005
Lybius torquatus

Identification

17·5–19 cm

  • Red head and throat
  • Brown back
  • Black bill and legs
  • Red eyes

Distribution

Africa: As far north as Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Kenya and south to South Africa.

Juvenile
Photo by louisdup
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2006

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Lybius torquatus has seven subspecies[1]:

  • L. t. pumilio:
  • L. t. irroratus:
  • L. t. zombae:
  • L. t. congicus:
  • L. t. vivacens:
  • L. t. bocagei:
  • L. t. torquatus:

Habitat

Open woodlands, gardens and pastures.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds mainly on fruit and berries, including grapes, guavas and figs and insects.

Breeding

Nests in a hole, usually excavated in the dead trunk or branch of a tree. Parasitised by Lesser Honeyguide.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdsinSA
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)

Recommended Citation

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