French: Sphénoèque du Cap German: Kap-Bülbülgrasmücke Spanish: Yerbera de El Cabo
Other common names: Cape Grass-warbler
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. excisus
Clancey, 1973 – E Zimbabwe highlands and adjacent Mozambique.
S. a. natalensis
Shelley, 1882 – NE South Africa (Limpopo and E North West Province S to N & E Free State and KwaZulu-Natal), W Swaziland and N Lesotho.
S. a. intermedius
Shelley, 1882 – E South Africa (extreme S KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape S to former Transkei); probably also S Lesotho.
S. a. afer
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Western Cape and SW Eastern Cape (E to about R Gamtoos), in SW & S South Africa.
19–23 cm; 27–34 g. A large warbler with streaked back, warmly coloured head and wings, and long, ragged-looking well-graduated tail with pointed feathers.... read more
Song a short jumbled medley of musical notes, usually beginning quietly and increasing in volume... read more
Rank vegetation with long grasses, restios or ferns; montane grassland with scattered proteas (... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, especially caterpillars and other larvae; also grass seeds. Feeds on ground under vegetation.
Breeds mainly during rains: Oct–Feb in Zimbabwe; in South Africa Sept–Mar in Northern Province, Oct–Feb in KwaZulu-Natal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In South Africa, common in Western Cape and locally common in Northern Province, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Densities of up to 1 bird/ha in W part... read more
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