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African Penduline Tit
Alternative name: Grey Penduline Tit
Includes Buff-bellied Penduline-Tit
Length 8-9 cm, mass 6.0-6.9 g
Sub-Saharan Africa: North-western South Africa, Swaziland, eastern and northern Botswana, northern Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and isolated populations in southern Kenya and northern Republic of the Congo.
There are nine to 11 subspecies based on shades of plumage colouration.
Sylviella is sometimes split as Buff-bellied Penduline-Tit.
Broad-leaved woodland (including those dominated by Combretum, Terminalia, Burkea and Brachystegia); less common in Acacia woodland.
Usually seen in pairs or family groups of up to seven individuals. Roosts in old nests, including those of Ploceus Weavers.
Forages actively for insects in tree canopies, probing flower clusters, leaf buds, twigs and fruit. Also feeds on Aloe nectar.
Monogamous; nesting is solitary. The nest is a oval bag made from plant down and spider web; it has a collapsible entrance spout near the top. Two to eight eggs are laid August to February (in southern Africa).
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