French: Hypolaïs jaune German: Natalspötter Spanish: Zarcero de Natal
Other common names:
Dark-capped Yellow Warbler
near Port Natal (= Durban), South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
I. n. batesi
(Sharpe, 1905) – Nigeria E to N DRCongo.
I. n. massaica
(G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) – W & S Ethiopia, S South Sudan, NE DRCongo, Uganda, W & S Kenya, and NW & NE Tanzania.
I. n. major
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1904) – Gabon E to S DRCongo (E to Maniema and S to Katanga), S to Angola (S to Benguela, N Huíla and S Lunda Sul) and N Zambia.
I. n. natalensis
(A. Smith, 1847) – S Tanzania, Malawi, S Zambia, N & E Zimbabwe, NW & W Mozambique, E South Africa (E Limpopo S to C Eastern Cape) and Swaziland.
13 cm; 10–15 g. A medium-sized olive-yellow warbler with broad, flycatcher-like bill. Nominate race has dark olive-brown cap, narrow yellow supercilium contrasting with... read more
Song a repetition of short ringing phrases, “chup-chup chwee chwee chwee”, “... read more
Moist rank vegetation. including bushes and tangled growth along streams and gulleys, or by lakes... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects and their larvae; recorded items include beetles (Coleoptera), lepidopterans (moths), locusts (Locustidae), mantids, and... read more
Breeds mainly during rainy seasons; eggs laid mainly Apr–Jul N of equator, and in Sept–Apr, peak Nov–Dec, in S Africa.... read more
Some post-breeding descent to lower altitudes in S Africa.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread in E & S Africa; locally common in parts of its range. Distribution patchy in W of range; uncommon to locally not uncommon in Nigeria... read more
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