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Alternative name: Bleating Warbler

Green-backed Camaroptera
Photo © by louisdup
Port Elizabeth, South Africa, October 2005
Camaroptera brachyura

Includes Hartert's Camaroptera, Grey-backed Camaroptera


Length 10-11 cm
A small, active, noisy warbler with olive-green wings and olive-green or grey mantle, back and tail. The head is grey and the under parts are white.


C. b. brevicaudata, Grey-backed Camaroptera
Photo © by Westmidstraveller
Masai Mara, Kenya, October 2009

Most of sub-Saharan Africa.



17 subspecies recognized in three groups (sometimes accepted as full species)[1]


Dense thicket and forest understorey.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects, including spiders, ants, beetles, flies and also caterpillars.


Calls include a loud, snapping bidup-bidup-bidup and a nasal, "bleating" neeehh.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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