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Grey Wren-Warbler - BirdForum Opus

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Alternative name: Gray Wren-Warbler

Calamonastes simplex


Length 13 cm

  • Sooty grey with very indistinct barring on underparts
  • Greyish-brown face
  • Dark tail contrasts with paler grey back

Similiar Species

Darker and greyer than Miombo Wren-Warbler.


Africa: southeastern South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, northeastern Uganda, Kenya, and northeastern Tanzania.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Has been considered conspecific with Miombo Wren-Warbler.


Dense undergrown in dry woodland and cacia savanna.


Has the habit of waving their long dark tail.


Forages on or near ground for invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  3. Ryan, P. (2020). Gray Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes simplex), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.grywrw1.01

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