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Chestnut-vented Warbler

From Opus

Photo by safariranger Etosha National Park, Namibia, December 2006
Photo by safariranger
Etosha National Park, Namibia, December 2006

Alternative Names: Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Warbler

Sylvia subcoerulea

Sylvia subcaerulea; Curruca subcoerulea; Parisoma subcaeruleum


[edit] Identification

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.

[edit] Distribution

Western Africa: found in Angola
Eastern Africa: Zambia
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa (except wetter eastern and north-eastern parts), KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Sylvia subcaerulea has four subspecies:[1][2]

  • S. s. ansorgei
  • S. s. cinerascens
  • S. s. subcoerulea
  • S. s. orpheana

Formerly placed in the genus Parisoma.

[edit] Habitat

Thornveld, riverine bush and scrub, semi-arid scrub, bushy hillsides, thickets in savanna.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of insects and small invertebrates such as caterpillars, mantids and spiders. They also eat some fruits and seeds.

[edit] Breeding

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.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2019)

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