(798) 23 cm;
M > F
Red bill and black plumage with lightly white-flecked shoulder
patches and primary edges very distinctive. White wing patches
conspicuous in flight.
Duller than M, more brownish black, especially on underparts, which
have white mottling.
Resembles F but underparts white, streaked dark brown.
Locally common resident, generally sedentary in north and west but
a summer visitor to S African lowveld. Gregarious; usually in small
Woodland, especially in Acacia savanna with scattered Baobab trees.
Insects, seeds and fruit.
M gives loud lookatit-lookatit-lookatit or
widdla-widdla-widdla-widdla; F gives musical chwee.
Colonial br with both polygamous and co-operative br systems. Nest
a bulky multi-chambered structure of thorny twigs that may be
occupied by different females.
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