(560) 24 cm; 72g
Alike. Streaked or 'arrowed' head and breast very distinctive.
Two-tone eyes (yellowish centre and reddish rim) give an orange
Similar to ad but lacks white streaks; spotted dusky below; brown
Locally common resident and largely sedentary, usually in flocks of
Semi-arid woodland, especially broad-leaved woodland such as
miombo; often close to riparian thickets, and absent from drier
Insectivorous; also small reptiles, seeds and small fruit. Recorded
feeding on nectar.
Harsh bubbling chatter, often in chorus ra, ra, ra, ra, ra…, rising
to a crescendo.
Monogamous and co-operative br. Bulky open cup nest placed 2-4 m
above ground and built by all group members. Clutch 2-5 eggs;
incubation and feeding of young shared by all group members. Main
host of Levaillant's Cuckoo.
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