Alternative Names: Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Warbler
- Sylvia subcoerulea
Sylvia subcaerulea; Curruca subcoerulea; Parisoma subcaeruleum
13·5 cm (5¼ in)
- Greyish-brown upperparts
- Black tail has broad white outer tail feathers
- Grey throat with dark streaking
- Grey breast and belly
- Bright chestnut vent
- Grey eyes
- White eye ring
- Black legs
The sexes are similar; juvenile has an unstreaked throat.
- S. s. ansorgei
- Coastal south-western Angola
- S. s. cinerascens
- S. s. subcoerulea
- Western, southern and central South Africa
- S. s. orpheana
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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Chestnut-vented Warbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 24 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Chestnut-vented_Warbler