AppearanceThis is a fairly distinctive 21–23 cm long passerine with white underparts and black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail. The bird has a characteristic white 'V' on the back and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers and white tips on the other feathers. The bill, eyes and legs are black. Adult male and female Common Fiscals are quite similar except for the rufous lower flank of the female.
Naming* ''L. c. aridicolus'' Clancey, 1955 – SW Angola and NW Namibia
⤷ ''L. c. collaris'' Linnaeus, 1766 – extreme S Namibia, S, C & E South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, and extreme S Mozambique , Zambia, N Botswana, and possibly also extreme SW Tanzania and extreme NE Namibia
⤷ ''L. c. marwitzi'' Reichenow, 1901 Uhehe Fiscal – NE, C and SE Tanzania, N Malawi
⤷ ''L. c. pyrrhostictus'' Holub & Pelzeln, 1882 – extreme NE Botswana , S Zimbabwe , NE & E South Africa , and SW Mozambique
⤷ ''L. c. subcoronatus'' A. Smith, 1841 – extreme SE Angola, Namibia , Botswana, SW Zimbabwe, and N South Africa
HabitatThe Southern Fiscal lives in a wide range of habitats from grassland with fences for perching to acacia thornveld or even woodland, but avoids very dense habitats where its hunting would be impaired.
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