Family Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae)

Least Concern

Barred Wren-warbler (Calamonastes fasciolatus)


French: Camaroptère barrée German: Damarabindensänger Spanish: Camaróptera barrada

Drymoica fasciolata

A. Smith

, 1847,

Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa


Overlaps locally in range with C. stierlingi, but segregated by habitat, and no hybridization between the two recorded. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. pallidior (E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – SW & S Angola (coastal Benguela and Cunene region).
  • C. f. fasciolatus (A. Smith, 1847) – NC Namibia, Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N South Africa (NE Northern Cape).
  • C. f. europhilus (Clancey, 1970) – SE Botswana, S Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (W Limpopo S to NW Free State).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 11–14 g. A fairly large, dark-coloured warbler, with longish tail often held cocked. Male nominate race in breeding plumage has cinnamon-brown crown and... read more


    Male song, frequently from exposed perch on top of small tree, a high-pitched, frog-like, slightly... read more


    Confined to Kalahari-Highveld biome; occurs in semi-arid savanna and woodland, mainly in acacia (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet mainly insects, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera). Usually in pairs or small groups; occasionally joins mixed-species parties.... read more


    Breeds Nov–Mar. Probably monogamous; solitary, territorial. Male displays by flying straight up, then swooping down with purring... read more


    Mostly resident. Reportedly moves from miombo (Brachystegia) into mixed woodland in winter... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout much of range. Ave­rage density of 0·25 pairs/ha in acacia woodland in NE South Africa. Tolerates quite heavy... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Barred Wren-warbler (Calamonastes fasciolatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 October 2019).