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Cape rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Chaetopidae
Fjeldsa, Ericson, Johannson, & Zuccon, 2015
Genus: Chaetops
Swainson, 1832

Chaetops frenatus
Chaetops aurantius

Rockjumpers are a genus (Chaetops) and family (Chaetopidae) of small birds. They are found in southern Africa, around the Lesotho highlands and South Africa.[1] The birds are omnivorous, meaning that they eat both plants and animals.

There are two species: the Cape Rockjumper and the Drakensberg Rockjumper. The two species have very similar appearances. They are mostly brown and red with plumage. They also have long white and black tails, black throats, orange bellies, and grey and black patterned backs and wings.[1] The closest relative to the birds, although being very different in appearance are the Picathartes.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2007). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2
  2. Thompson, Hazell S. (2003). "Rockjumpers and Rockfowl". In Christopher Perrins (Ed.) (ed.). Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds. Firefly Books. pp. 515. ISBN 1-55297-777-3.