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African Yellow Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Yellow Flycatcher Warbler, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler.

Photo by Alan Manson
Midmar Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, October 2007
Iduna natalensis

Chloropeta natalensis


Length 14-15 cm, mass 12 g. Upperparts olive-brown; tail and flight feathers darker. Underparts bright yellow. Bill dark, eyes brown, legs and feet slate-grey.
Sexes similar.


Sub-Saharan Africa: Cameroon to Ethiopia and eastern South Africa.


There are three or four subspecies; There is variation in the plumage coloration (different shades of brown and yellow).


  • I. n. batesi:
  • I. n. massaica:
  • I. n. major:
  • I. n. natalensis:

Formerly placed in genus Chloropeta


Rank vegetation along watercourses and forest edges and near wetlands.


Usually found singly or in pairs, these birds are inconspicuous unless singing.


They forage for invertebrates low down in the vegetation.


The nest is a cup of grass blades made within 2 m of the ground; 2-3 eggs are laid.


Song rich and distinctive.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 0620340533
  3. Lepage D. 2007. Avibase. Search for "Chloropeta natalensis" downloaded 29 October 2007.

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