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Victorin's Warbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Victorin's Scrub Warbler

Cryptillas victorini

Bradypterus victorini

Identification

Length 15-17 cm
Adult male: Head grey-brown; mantle, back, rump, tail and upper wings dark reddish brown. The chin is pale orange-brown, and the throat, breast and belly are tawny cinnamon; the belly has buffy streaks. Eyes reddish to yellowish.
Adult female: Similar to the male, but duller; underparts with more buffy streaking.

Distribution

Mountains of southern South Africa (southern Cape Province).

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Recent molecular studies indicate that this species, rather than being related to the Bradypterus warblers, is one of a group of African warblers which include the Sylvietta crombecs, Rockrunner Achaetops pycnopygius, Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer, and Yellow Longbill Macrosphenus flavicans (Beresford et al. 2005). Therefore this species was moved from the genus Bradypterus to its own genus Cryptillas.

Habitat

Moist shrubland.

Behaviour

Skulking and inconspicuous, but not shy.

Diet

Forages on the ground under shrubs and grass tussocks for insects and possibly other invertebrates.

Breeding

Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a deep cup built using grass, dead leaves, bark, twigs and plant down. It is well concealed and usually within 30 cm of the ground. Two eggs are laid August to November, and incubated by the female for about 21 days. Both the adults feed the nestling; nestling period is 18-19 days.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Beresford P, FK Barker, PG Ryan & TM Crowe. 2005. African endemics span the tree of songbirds (Passeri): molecular systematics of several evolutionary ‘enigmas’. Proc. R. Soc. B 272, 849–858.
  3. 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

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