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Alternative Names: Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Warbler
Sylvia subcaerulea; Curruca subcoerulea; Parisoma subcaeruleum
13Â·5 cm (5Â¼ in)
Formerly placed in the genus Parisoma.
Thornveld, riverine bush and scrub, semi-arid scrub, bushy hillsides, thickets in savanna.
Their diet consists of insects and small invertebrates such as caterpillars, mantids and spiders. They also eat some fruits and seeds.
Season: August to December in sw Cape, August to March (mainly October-December) in Transvaal, October to January in KwaZulu-Natal, September to March (mainly September-November) in Zimbabwe, December to April in sw Kalahari (where probably partly opportunistic after rain). Nest: Thin-walled cup of dry grass, rootlets and spider web, lined with fine plant fibres and down.
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