French: Mégalure des fourrés German: Barrattbuschsänger Spanish: Zarzalero de Barratt
Other common names:
Mac Mac Forest, Zweru, Lydenberg district, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
B. b. priesti
Benson, 1946 – E Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
B. b. barratti
Sharpe, 1876 – NE South Africa (EC Limpopo and Mpumalanga) and W Swaziland.
B. b. godfreyi
(Roberts, 1922) – E South Africa (lowland KwaZulu-Natal S to coastal Eastern Cape).
B. b. cathkinensis
Vincent, 1948 – highlands of E South Africa (from Mpumalanga S through interior KwaZulu-Natal to Griqualand West, in Eastern Cape) and Lesotho.
15–16 cm; 16–22 g. A dark brown warbler with longish graduated tail, greyish-brown underparts, and distinct dusky throat streaks. Nominate race has top and side... read more
Song 2 or 3 high notes leading into lower, ringing, slow even trill, “tseee tseee tchui-tchui-tchui... read more
Dense tangled vegetation, often near water. Undergrowth in temperate forest; bracken (Pteridium... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including crickets (Orthoptera). Forages very low down, or by running mouse-like on ground; less secretive than other Afrotropical... read more
Egg-laying in Oct–Dec in Zimbabwe; in South Africa, laying late Nov to Dec in Northern Province and Sept–Dec in KwaZulu-Natal.... read more
Altitudinal migrant. In Zimbabwe highlands, post-breeding descent to lower altitudes, largely in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in temperate areas of S Africa, and common in suitable habitat. Fairly adaptable; able to occupy and exploit small patches... read more
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