(739) 22 cm; 48 g
Alike. One of the most striking birds in the region; unlikely to be
confused with any other species. Rare yellow form occurs (brilliant
crimson underparts replaced by yellow).
Initially mottled and barred buff-brown, becoming blacker on
upperparts, with varying amounts of red below.
STATUS Common resident. Near-endemic, sedentary and usually
found singly or in pairs.
Kalahari thornveld and semi-arid Acacia savanna.
Invertebrates, especially beetles, ants and caterpillars; also
Main call loud and fast tyotyo or quipquip and variations thereof,
either solo or in duet.
Monogamous. Nest a neat cup of bark strips, bound with cobweb.
Parasitised by Black Cuckoo.
Click for call