(189) 33 cm; 350 g
M > F. Unmistakable bantam-like build and broad white eye-stripe
make it easy to identify. Has habit of holding its tail cocked.
Plumage on back of F lightly barred. Race rovuma, which occurs north
of Beira, more heavily streaked below and occupies moister woodland
ad but paler above.
resident, found in coveys of 2-5 birds in non-br season.
a bird of the bushveld preferring dense stands of scrub and
thicket, often with sparse ground cover.
corms, bulbs, green shoots, fruit and berries in non-br season but
changing to an insect-dominated diet in summer.
duet between M and -F: ki kerrik, ki kerrik... or pump handle, pump
handle..., which sounds as though only one bird is calling.
Clutch usually 5-6 eggs laid in grass-lined scrape, incubated by F
Click for call